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[dawg-nap, dog-]
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verb (used with object), dog·napped or dog·naped, dog·nap·ping or dog·nap·ing.
  1. to steal (a dog), especially for the purpose of selling it for profit.

Origin of dognap

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; dog + -nap
Related formsdog·nap·per, dog·nap·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dognaper


verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
  1. (tr) to carry off and hold (a dog), usually for ransom
Derived Formsdognapper, noundognapping or US dognaping, noun

Word Origin

C20:from dog + kidnap
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