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toy dog

noun
1.
one of any of several breeds of very small dogs, as the Yorkshire terrier, English toy spaniel, Shih Tzu, and Pomeranian.
Origin of toy dog
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Pickings, trembling like a toy dog in zero weather, reached the green in ten strokes, and took three more puts.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • Nobody knew who she was, and she was spoken of as the lady with the toy dog.

  • Mrs. Fiske had a toy dog under one arm, and was holding up her train, but she slipped the dog to the groom, and gave me her hand.

    Captain Macklin Richard Harding Davis
  • Everyone knows what a cold is, and the toy dog's cold should be treated like one's own.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • You and Derry—all the decent men—a toy dog fetches you every time.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • She kept a toy dog which she aired afternoons, and her kimonos were florid and numerous.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • It is bad enough in a toy dog, but in an Airedale it is worse in the ratio of five pounds to fifty.

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
  • Half a penny sponge cake makes an excellent supper for a toy dog, or a couple of Osborne biscuits.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams

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