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fox terrier

either of two English breeds of small terriers having either a long, wiry coat or a short, flat coat, formerly used for driving foxes from their holes.
Origin of fox terrier
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I've always meant to have a fox terrier some day," he told Miss Carter.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • The Tommy is small, about twice as big as a fox terrier, and is of a fawn color.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • But more especially, the trouble was about Chippie's fox terrier, Blaster.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Did you ever see a great mastiff and a fox terrier running together?

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • He was as handy to have around school as a fox terrier in a cat show.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • "Then we'll go like a fox terrier when it wants to show off," remarked Mimi.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • The general says Mr. Saxton is a Newfoundland and Warry a fox terrier.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • At his heels was a fox terrier, which he had christened Zut.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • The fox terrier must have killed the woodchuck and then committed suicide.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • The presentation of a fox terrier, "Tuppence," by name, I hailed with delight.

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
British Dictionary definitions for fox terrier

fox terrier

either of two breeds of small terrier, the wire-haired and the smooth, having a white coat with markings of black or tan or both
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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