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spotted dog

an informal name for a Dalmatian
another name for spotted dick
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  • Say, Dad, did you ever try to open a big steel trap—especially one with a spotted dog in it?

  • If she doesn't come in five minutes I shall go to the spotted dog.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • The men can't invite their mates round, so they meet at 'The spotted dog' of an evening.

  • It was the landlord of the spotted dog, whose conveyance I had taken.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • They are both in the 'spotted dog,' sir, with half a dozen more.

  • Luke had written that article about freedom of election, but he had not condescended to notice the beer at the spotted dog.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
  • Of these stories The spotted dog, with the struggles of the drunkard scholar, is the best.

    An Autobiography Anthony Trollope
  • There were a few shops amid this little group of cottages, and one public house, the spotted dog.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • It is, literally: "The spotted dog's straight upright spotted tail."

  • The "spotted dog" was a low public, with one large room and a sanded floor.

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