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catch dog

noun, Florida, Georgia.
a dog used to help round up livestock.
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An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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catch dog

noun phrase

A scapegoat: We are the catch dogs for everyone who comes along looking for something to kick at

[1980s+; evolved fr Southern dialect catch dog, ''dog used to round up animals, herd dog,'' perhaps because the herded animals would kick at the dogs]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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