Origin of retriever
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Examples from the Web for retriever
Twice in the past two weeks, this has entailed meeting a plane on the runway to retriever sick passengers who may be infected.Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease
October 9, 2014
But in that instance, Amy Rice was acting in defense of her Labrador retriever, Elle, after the put bull attacked it.Woman Bites Her Dog, Illinois Police Say, Charging Analise Garner With the Assault
May 1, 2012
Finally one Christmas the queen sent over a gift of a Labrador retriever, indicating a social benediction of sorts.Billionaire Divorcee's Happy Ending
January 24, 2011
Have you ever seen a retriever dashing in play after a greyhound?The Good Soldier
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Aye, but Bigot set her on him, like a retriever, to bring back the game!The Golden Dog
He was accompanied by the old dog, who was to act as retriever.
A gamekeeper had a Newfoundland dog which he used as a retriever.
He went about somewhat like a retriever snuffing the air for game.The Iron Horse
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Word Origin and History for retriever
"dog used for retrieving game," late 15c., agent noun from retrieve.
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