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at (or to) heel

Definition of at or to heel in English:

(Of a dog) close to and slightly behind its owner.
Example sentences
  • Their big shaggy sheepdogs with matted pelts stayed close at heel.
  • Off he would set on his rounds with his faithful collie dog at heel and following, some way behind, was the goat.
  • By the end of the song, which has no tune whatsoever, and a performance from the singer that could bring dogs to heel, you feel a bit like squealing and pulling a wacky face yourself.
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