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junkyard dog

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A particularly vicious dog or person: If the unions took over our plants, we would turn as mean as a junk-yard dog/ He's a junkyard dog. He's tough. He's nasty (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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