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dog  (d?g, dg)
n.
1. A domesticated carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris) related to the foxes and wolves and raised in a wide variety of breeds.
2. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, such as the dingo.
3. A male animal of the family Canidae, especially of the fox or a domesticated breed.
4. Any of various other animals, such as the prairie dog.
5. Informal
a. A person: You won, you lucky dog.
b. A person regarded as contemptible: You stole my watch, you dog.
6. Slang
a. A person regarded as unattractive or uninteresting.
b. Something of inferior or low quality: The President had read the speech to some of his friends and they told him it was a dog (John P. Roche).
c. An investment that produces a low return or a loss.
7. dogs Slang The feet.
8. See andiron.
9. Slang A hot dog; a wiener.
10. Any of various hooked or U-shaped metallic devices used for gripping or holding heavy objects.
11. Astronomy A sun dog.
adv.
Totally; completely. Often used in combination: dog-tired.
tr.v. dogged, dog·ging, dogs
1. To track or trail persistently: A stranger then is still dogging us (Arthur Conan Doyle).
2. To hold or fasten with a mechanical device: Watertight doors and hatches were dropped into place and dogged down to give the ship full watertight integrity (Tom Clancy).
Idioms:
dog it Slang
To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.
go to the dogs
To go to ruin; degenerate.
put on the dog Informal
To make an ostentatious display of elegance, wealth, or culture.

[Middle English dogge, from Old English docga.]


dog  /dg, dg/  n. 1 any of a variety of four-legged meat-eating animals usu. kept as pets or to work (for farmers, police, etc.): Americans have a saying, A dog is mans best friend. 2 infrml. a guy: He won Lotto? What a lucky dog he is! 3 infrml.pej. s.o. who is not good-looking 4 dog days of summer: very hot summer weather: August usually brings the dog days of summer. 5 infrml. to go to the dogs: to get into bad condition: No one has taken care of the grass or equipment at our local playground, so its gone to the dogs. 6 fig. to let sleeping dogs lie: to leave things as they are, so as not to start up trouble: I know we should get her to do more of the work, but Id rather let sleeping dogs lie. 7 infrml. top dog: the winner or person with most power: In the competition among the salespeople, she came out as top dog. See: underdog. 8 fig. to teach an old dog new tricks: to get s.o. to change old ways and habits: Ive tried to show him how much easier his job would be with a computer, but you cant teach an old dog new tricks. 9 infrml. to work like a dog: to work hard without rest: We worked like dogs to finish the job on time.
v. [T] dogged, dogging, dogs to follow closely, (syn.) to pursue: Her new friend dogs her footsteps wherever she goes. dog

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