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sea dog

a sailor, especially an old or experienced one.
a dogfish.
a pirate or privateer.
Origin of sea dog
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sea dog
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  • "The skin of the seal, or sea dog, is also valuable," said Ernest.

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
  • Fishermen call them by the names of "Cut-water" and "sea dog."

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • He was a burly fellow, with a look of the sea dog about him.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
  • Now I troubled no more about the matter, being nothing but a sea dog who could use a weapon.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • No doubt it sets forth the frame of a goodly man, though no one could guess at the 'sea dog' beneath such a set of garments.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • He was a French sea dog and hung on like grim death and managed to get on deck safely.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for sea dog

sea dog

an experienced or old sailor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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