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bird dog

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

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

bird-dog

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

v. use of bird dog
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Related Words for birddog

seek, pursue, follow, investigate, explore, tear, rush, expel, hunt, drive, trail, track, hound, annoy, bother, pester, goad, hector, harass, persecute

British Dictionary definitions for birddog

bird dog

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