Would Woods be worth nearly $1 billion today if he had been dogging around as openly as Dennis Rodman?
And whatever his sins, no one has ever accused Rodriguez of dogging it on the baseball field.
If a police officer is dogging you out, simply suck it up and accept it.
And all at once he knew that the dogging thing had dropped its stealthy pace and was racing up to him.
He did; and then it seemed to me that he was dogging us, but with what intent I could not for the life of me imagine.
Lamothe was a noted Indian partisan and a dangerous man to be dogging our rear that night.
At Lyons it must have been that Lucille first discovered he was dogging us.
"I accept it as such," rejoined Langholm, dogging the other with his eyes.
It was perfectly clear that Stefanone was dogging the Scotchman's steps.
His advances toward this end always begin by his dogging my footsteps at a little distance.
Old English docga, a late, rare word used of a powerful breed of canine. It forced out Old English hund (the general Germanic and Indo-European word; see canine) by 16c. and subsequently was picked up in many continental languages (e.g. French dogue (16c.), Danish dogge), but the origin remains one of the great mysteries of English etymology.
Many expressions -- a dog's life (c.1600), go to the dogs (1610s), etc. -- reflect earlier hard use of the animals as hunting accessories, not pampered pets. In ancient times, "the dog" was the worst throw in dice (attested in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit, where the word for "the lucky player" was literally "the dog-killer"), which plausibly explains the Greek word for "danger," kindynas, which appears to be "play the dog."
Slang meaning "ugly woman" is from 1930s; that of "sexually aggressive man" is from 1950s. Adjectival phrase dog-eat-dog attested by 1850s. Dog tag is from 1918. To dog-ear a book is from 1650s; dog-eared in extended sense of "worn, unkempt" is from 1894.
Notwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds. [Princess Elizabeth, 1550]Phrase put on the dog "get dressed up" (1934) may look back to the stiff stand-up shirt collars that in the 1890s were the height of male fashion (and were known as dog-collars at least from 1883), with reference to collars worn by dogs. The common Spanish word for "dog," perro, also is a mystery word of unknown origin, perhaps from Iberian. A group of Slavic "dog" words (Old Church Slavonic pisu, Polish pies, Serbo-Croatian pas) likewise are of unknown origin.
It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge. [Heywood, 1562]
"to track like a dog," 1510s, see dog (n.). Related: Dogged; dogging.
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