dog

[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /

noun

verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.

Idioms

Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga

Related forms

dog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dog it

dog

/ (dɒɡ) /

noun


verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)

adverb

(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs

Derived Forms

doglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with dog it (1 of 2)

dog it

1

Do less than is required; loaf or shirk. For example, I'm afraid our donors are dogging it this year. This expression originated in sports and soon was transferred to other endeavors. [Slang; c. 1900]


2

Move slowly, as in We just dogged it along from California to Oregon.

3

Run away, as in Let's dog it out of here right now. This usage originated in American underworld slang in the 1920s, where it meant “to back down in cowardly fashion,” and acquired its present sense about 1930.

4

Same as put on the dog.

Idioms and Phrases with dog it (2 of 2)

dog

In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • coon's (dog's) age
  • every dog has its day
  • go to pot (the dogs)
  • hair of the dog
  • hot dog
  • in the doghouse
  • let sleeping dogs lie
  • put on the dog
  • rain cats and dogs
  • see a man about a dog
  • shaggy dog story
  • sick as a dog
  • tail wagging the dog
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • throw to the wolves (dogs)
  • top banana (dog)

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