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dog US English

A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. It is widely kept as a pet or for work or field sports

dog US Thesaurus

she went for a walk with her dog

big dog US English

North American informal an important or influential person or thing; a ‘big shot’; also more fully big dog of the tanyard (now rare).

dog-ape US English

A baboon (genus Papio), which has a long doglike snout.

dog boy US English

A boy in charge of dogs; a huntsman's assistant.

dog day US English

In plural The hottest part of the summer, associated in ancient times with the heliacal rising of the Dog Star in the Mediterranean area, and formerly considered to be the most unhealthy period of the year and a time of ill omen.

dog-ear US English

Fold down the corner of (a book or magazine), typically to mark a place

dog-end US English

A cigarette butt

dog fox US English

A male fox (the red fox, Vulpes vulpes).

dog-sit US English

Look after a dog or dogs while their owner is away, usually staying at the owner’s home in order to do so

dog tag US English

A metal tag attached to a dog’s collar, typically giving its name and owner’s address

eye dog US English

A dog that can control sheep using its gaze

gay dog US English

A man given to revelling or self-indulgence.

gun dog US English

A dog trained to retrieve game for a hunter

hot dog US English

A frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long, soft roll and topped with various condiments

mad dog US English

Strong ale; = huff-cap. Now historical.

pig dog US English

A dog bred for hunting wild pigs

pit dog US English

= pit bull terrier.

pye-dog US English

A stray mongrel, especially in Asia

row dog US English

A rough or shaggy dog; (in extended use) a rough person.

sad dog US English

A morose or dismal-looking person.

sea dog US English

An old or experienced sailor

she-dog US English

A female dog; = bitch.

sun dog US English

Another term for parhelion.

top dog US English

A person who is successful or dominant in their field

bird dog US English

A gun dog trained to retrieve birds

black dog US English

Used as a metaphor for melancholy or depression

Blue Dog US English

A conservative Democratic politician, specifically a member of a coalition of (chiefly) Southern Democrats who identify themselves as moderates. Frequently attributive, especially in Blue Dog Democrat and Blue Dog Coalition.

bush dog US English

A small, stocky carnivorous mammal of the dog family, with short legs and small ears. It is native to the forests of Central and South America

cant dog US English

Another term for cant hook.

chili dog US English

A hot dog garnished with chili con carne

Coney dog US English

A type of hot dog topped with chilli con carne (without beans), raw onion, and mustard.

corn dog US English

A hot dog covered in cornmeal batter, fried, and served on a stick

dog-blow US English

The ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare.

dog bolt US English

Building, Engineering, and Nautical. Any of several kinds of device for holding something in place or holding two things together.

dog-briar US English

Any of several wild roses, especially the sweetbriar, Rosa eglanteria.

dog cheap US English

Extremely cheap.

dog daisy US English

Any of several plants of the of the family Asteraceae (Compositae), especially the common daisy, Bellis perennis, and the ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare.

dog dance US English

A ceremonial dance performed by some American Indian groups.

dog days US English

The hottest period of the year (reckoned in antiquity from the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star)

dog-draw US English

The act of ‘drawing after’ or tracking venison illegally killed or wounded, using a dog led by hand to follow the scent.

dog-faced US English

Having a face like that of a dog.

dog-fall US English

A fall in which wrestlers touch the ground together

dog fence US English

A fence erected around an area to keep out dingoes

dog flea US English

A flea, Ctenocephalides canis (family Pulicidae), which infests dogs.

dog food US English

Food eaten by or intended to be eaten by domesticated dogs

dog grass US English

Any of several kinds of couch grass, specifically common couch, Elymus repens, and the closely related E. caninus, reputed to be eaten by dogs to produce vomiting. Now chiefly North American.

dog grate US English

A detached fire grate standing in a fireplace upon dogs.

dog hair US English

Attributive (of a stand of trees, a forest, etc.) consisting of densely packed trees, often spindly from lack of sunlight, and typically arising from natural seeding after burning or forest clearing.

dog hutch US English

A hutch for a dog. Also (depreciative): a small or wretched dwelling.

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