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dog British & World English

A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractile claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice

a dog's age British & World English

A very long time

dog's mercury British & World English

A Eurasian plant of the spurge family, with hairy stems and small green flowers, found as a dominant plant of old woodland

a dog's life British & World English

An unhappy existence, full of problems or unfair treatment

a dog's dinner British & World English

A poor piece of work; a mess

the dog's bollocks British & World English

A person or thing that is the best of its kind

the dogs of war British & World English

The havoc accompanying military conflict

go to the dogs British & World English

Deteriorate shockingly

let sleeping dogs lie British & World English

Avoid interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems but may well do so as a result of such interference

dressed like a dog's dinner British & World English

Wearing ridiculously smart or ostentatious clothes

throw someone to the dogs British & World English

Discard someone as worthless

dog it in dog British & World English

Act lazily; fail to try one’s hardest

gun dog British & World English

A dog trained to retrieve game for a gamekeeper or the members of a shoot

hot dog British & World English

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

lapdog British & World English

A small pampered pet dog

pug dog in pug1 British & World English

A dog of a dwarf breed like a bulldog with a broad flat nose and deeply wrinkled face

pye-dog British & World English

A stray mongrel, especially in Asia

red dog British & World English

Another term for dhole.

sea dog British & World English

An old or experienced sailor

sun dog British & World English

Another term for parhelion.

top dog British & World English

A person who is successful or dominant in their field

dogs bark, but the caravans move on British & World English

People may make a fuss, but it won’t change the situation

a dog's life in dog British & World English

An unhappy existence, full of problems or unfair treatment

bird dog British & World English

A gun dog trained to retrieve birds

bird-dog in bird dog British & World English

Search out or pursue with dogged determination

bush dog British & World 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 British & World English

Another term for cant hook.

corn dog British & World English

A hot dog covered in maize-flour batter, fried, and served on a stick

feed dog British & World English

The mechanism in a sewing machine which feeds the material under the needle

horndog British & World English

A man with strong sexual desires

lame dog British & World English

A person who is in need or who is the object of charity

sled dog British & World English

A dog trained to pull a sled, especially as one of a team

spit dog British & World English

A firedog with a hook on its upright for supporting a spit

spur-dog British & World English

A large white-spotted grey dogfish with venomous spines in front of the dorsal fins. It occurs in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, often in large shoals

wild dog British & World English

A wild member of the dog family, especially the hunting dog of Africa, the dhole of India, or the dingo of Australia

a dog's dinner in dog British & World English

A poor piece of work; a mess

attack dog British & World English

A dog trained to attack on command and kept for this purpose

black dog British & World English

A metaphorical representation of melancholy or depression

bottom dog British & World English

Another term for underdog.

cattle dog British & World English

A dog bred and trained to work cattle

chili dog British & World English

A hot dog garnished with chilli con carne

guard dog British & World English

A dog kept to guard private property and warn of intruders

guide dog British & World English

A dog that has been trained to lead a blind person

hearing dog British & World English

A dog trained to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing to such sounds as the ringing of an alarm, doorbell, or telephone

hunting dog British & World English

A dog of a breed developed for hunting


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