Definition of running dog in English:

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running dog

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noun

1 informal A servile follower, especially of a political system: the running dogs of capitalism
Translating Chinese zǒugǒu
More example sentences
  • Gone are the days when China's media would issue stern warnings against Western habits imported by the running dogs of capitalism.
  • For decades, the party railed against people it called running dogs of capitalism.
  • Make those rapacious arms dealers, those running dogs of capitalism, pay you some serious money.
2A dog bred to run, especially for racing or pulling a sled.
Example sentences
  • A good running dog will ‘pull’ you along at a faster clip than you might be able to manage without it, giving you a better workout.
  • If fast running dogs such as greyhounds or lurchers were used to hunt foxes, the whole thing would be over in seconds, but then there would be no ‘sport’.
  • Because if you're a running dog like a Greyhound you have huge muscles in your pelvis and you've got to have thin legs or you'll never move them, just like a racehorse has to have thin legs.

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Syllabification: run·ning dog

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