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dog  (d?g, dg)
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.
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).
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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