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Is there any saying in a complete sentence including “a dog which is cornered”? I have tried to find a complete one, but there seems to be no one.

Actually, what I want to know is how to explain the situation in North Korea. Since I think North Korea has been going through hard times and now they have nothing to lose, they keep threatening with their nuclear weapons as their last resort.

So, I want to use a saying. Is there one like “When a dog is cornered, it bites or attacks or something else?” I want to get a fixed sentence, which is cliché.

If there is another saying that can show the situations above, please give that, too.

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I don't think Anglophones in general consider a dog to be be a typical animal that attacks when cornered - firstly, I'm not convinced they always do, and secondly, dogs often chase and attack even when they're not backed into a corner. The typical animal for this context is a rat, and I know from personal experience that they will attack a person when cornered, even though they would never attack a healthy human in any context where they could escape instead. –  FumbleFingers Mar 15 '13 at 14:04
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Yes.There is a saying which relates to this. Corner a dog in a dead-end street and it will turn and bite

Also,I have read this "back a dog up in the corner it's gonna bite", which means 'If you annoy/irritate something long enough and don't leave an escape route, then they will attack if they feel threatened'

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Thank you so much. That's what I wanted to know. It's clear. –  luxeletian Mar 15 '13 at 5:23
    
Can you please mark the answer as correct if you accept it? –  komalh Mar 15 '13 at 5:24
    
You mean the green check? If so, I clicked it. I am just a beginner here so I am not familiar with this platform. –  luxeletian Mar 15 '13 at 5:29
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While this is a proverb, it is not an English proverb, it's a translation of a Chinese proverb. –  Matt Эллен Mar 15 '13 at 11:25
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Yes, I've seen the metaphor used. Someone will say: Corner a dog (or an animal, or a snake), and that is when he's most dangerous (or most likely to bite, or most likely to strike) – and the speaker really isn't talking about animal behavior, they are instead describing how people (or nations) can be most dangerous when they feel threatened and cornered.

Here's one example:

He didn't know what to do, but his instincts, his blind rage, the surge of revulsion at what this bully had done, his fear, his pent-up emotions, all spilled over, and he attacked like a cornered animal, gouging, pulling, kicking, punching. (from Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story by Peter Heller, 1995)

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