bitch gone in the teeth

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The following words are from a commentary, paragraph 5, by Mrs Sparknotes(here)

Clifford Chatterley becomes a figure for the aristocracy and intelligentsia of postwar England. In the years after the war, the poet Ezra Pound referred to European civilization as a "bitch gone in the teeth," an old and useless dog. In Lady Chatterley's Lover, postwar England is depicted as crippled and impotent: Clifford functions as an allegorical figure as much as he does as a real character. His physical emasculation reflects an internal weakness and emptiness. He becomes incapable of breeding his own heir.

what's the meaning of bitch gone in the teeth please?
Thank you in advance
  • longxianchen

    Senior Member
    Thank you.
    I saw:
    he is far gone in crime.
    he is far gone in debt.

    But how can a dog be (far) gone in the teeth please?


    Senior Member
    British English
    It's not "far gone in the teeth", it's just "gone". When somebody grows old they might go in the legs (can't walk), go in the head (become daft), go in the teeth (can't chew). This dog's gone in the teeth.
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