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prairie-dogging

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Definition of prairie-dogging in English:

noun

[mass noun] humorous
The practice of workers in an open-plan office raising their heads above the partitions surrounding their desks when they hear a loud voice or other noise.
Example sentences
  • And our ‘mode C interrogation’ does cause some prairie-dogging…
  • Is prairie-dogging something to do with rubber necking?

Origin

1990s: prairie dogs are known for frequently standing on their hind legs to look around for danger.

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