bird dog

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one of any of various breeds of dogs trained to hunt or retrieve birds.
Informal. a person hired to locate special items or people, especially a talent scout who seeks out promising athletes.
Slang. a person who steals another person's date.
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Origin of bird dog

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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[ burd-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈbɜrdˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /

verb (used with object), bird-dogged, bird-dog·ging.Informal.
to follow, watch carefully, or investigate.
to seek out.
verb (used without object), bird-dogged, bird-dog·ging.
Informal. to follow or watch carefully.
Slang. to steal or attempt to steal another person's date.

Origin of bird-dog

v. use of bird dog
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British Dictionary definitions for bird dog

bird dog
/ US and Canadian /

hunting a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot
verb bird-dog -dogs, -dogging or -dogged
informal to control closely with unceasing vigilance
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