Definition of dog food in English:

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dog food

noun

[mass noun]
Commercially prepared food for dogs: a can of dog food
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  • Gourmet dog food will transform your cantankerous mutt into an obedient show dog.
  • They're dog-friendly, and they had a tray there with water and dog food.
  • So the problem isn't getting dogs to eat the dog food - it's getting them to stop!

verb

[with object] (usually dogfood) informal, chiefly Computing
(Of a company’s staff) use a product or service developed by that company so as to test it before it is made available to customers: it was a great opportunity to dogfood the phones (as noun dogfooding) If you’re writing software intended for other developers then dogfooding makes perfect sense
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  • I was definitely "dogfooding" for the apps I built at work.
  • We started dogfooding the product when it was only 700 lines of code, and even in that super-simple form, we found it incredibly useful.
  • "Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details."

Phrases

eat one's own dog food

informal, chiefly Computing (Of a company’s staff) use a product or service developed by that company so as to test it before it is made available to customers: we had to eat our own dog food—we had to make sure the tools worked
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  • Sound like a pipe dream? IBM will try to prove it isn't by "eating its own dog food."
  • Eating our own dog food means that we have to stay on the cutting edge of what's out there.
  • But the failure of the BBC to eat its own dog food is less than a ringing endorsement.

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