- 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.
Origin of bird dog
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
- to follow, watch carefully, or investigate.
- to seek out.
- 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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- hunting a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot
- informal to control closely with unceasing vigilance
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