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bottom dog

Origin of bottom dog
First recorded in 1880-85; by analogy with top dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The little horse in the horse-race, sah—the bottom dog in the dog-fight, sah.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • It pleased her to think that she was patting the bottom dog's head.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • It is when we have to deal with the "bottom dog" that we ignore the facts which plead so strongly in his defence.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford

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