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lap dog

a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap.
Origin of lap dog
First recorded in 1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ramiro looked at his interlocutor, as the mastiff may look at the lap dog.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • I had come to like the girl about me as a lap dog or any other little fondling.

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • I wasn't any ladies' lap dog, at that, but time and older men molded me the way I'm going to mold you.

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • Poor Sing thinks he's a lap dog—isn't it a tragedy when people mistake their vocations?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Between you and me, until he came out here, most of his training was designed to fit him for a lap dog.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • Fogerty doesn't come under the heading of a lap dog, but through some technical quibble I managed to smuggle him into the subway.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • I shall become that worthless little fiend's lap dog, her monkey to perform tricks for her, her procurer.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • The knight's feet rest against his favourite hound and a lap dog is pulling at the lady's dress.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes

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