- something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
- an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
- any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.
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Idioms for dog
- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
Origin of dog
OTHER WORDS FROM dogdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
Words nearby dog
Example sentences from the Web for dogs
None, however, have been as all-out cute as this one, a shot-for-shot remake of the teaser with dogs and cats.
This health tracker for dogs fits snugly around collars and monitors activity with the goal of making dogs happier and healthier.
Its time for the government to put a stop to it for good and ban eating cats and dogs.
“In almost all rural areas of Switzerland, it is customary to eat cats and dogs,” she says.
Yes, animal rights activists are trying to ban the eating of cats and dogs in Switzerland.
The dog on the roof barked viciously, then all the dogs in the village barked.The Red Cross in Peace and War|Clara Barton
He had in the highest degree what is called in human nature "genius," and in dogs and horses "instinct."The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But I used to come up here every day and take the dogs out for a run.The Count's Chauffeur|William Le Queux
When we went to tea or dinner with these people Jimmie and I had to be dragged along like dogs who are muzzled for the first time.Abroad with the Jimmies|Lilian Bell
My dogs look like they are going to explode, said Chuck as he wiggled his toes in the cool water.Slim Evans and his Horse Lightning|Graham M. Dean
British Dictionary definitions for dogs (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for dogs (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for dogs (3 of 3)
- a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
- (as modifier)dog biscuit
- any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
- (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
- the male of animals of the dog family
- (as modifier)a dog fox
- spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
- (in combination)dogberry
verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)
Derived forms of dogdoglike, adjective
Word Origin for dog
Idioms and Phrases with dogs
In addition to the idioms beginning with dog
- dog days
- dog eat dog
- dog in the manger
- dog it
- 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)