[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /
a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
any carnivore of the dog family Canidae, having prominent canine teeth and, in the wild state, a long and slender muzzle, a deep-chested muscular body, a bushy tail, and large, erect ears.Compare canid.
the male of such an animal.
any of various animals resembling a dog.
a despicable man or youth.
Informal. a fellow in general: a lucky dog.
dogs, Slang. feet.
- 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.
Slang. an ugly, boring, or crude person.
Slang. hot dog.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. either of two constellations, Canis Major or Canis Minor.
- 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.
Also called gripper, nipper. Metalworking. a device on a drawbench for drawing the work through the die.
a cramp binding together two timbers.
an iron bar driven into a stone or timber to provide a means of lifting it.
an andiron; firedog.
Meteorology. a sundog or fogdog.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter D.
verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.
to follow or track like a dog, especially with hostile intent; hound.
to drive or chase with a dog or dogs.
Machinery. to fasten with dogs.
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- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
dog it, Informal.
go to the dogs, Informal. to deteriorate; degenerate morally or physically: This neighborhood is going to the dogs.
lead a dog's life, to have an unhappy or harassed existence: He complains that he led a dog's life in the army.
let sleeping dogs lie, to refrain from action that would alter an existing situation for fear of causing greater problems or complexities.
put on the dog, Informal. to assume an attitude of wealth or importance; put on airs.
throw to the dogs. throw(def 57).
Origin of dog
before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga
Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go to the dogs
/ (dɒɡ) /
- 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
a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
informal a fellow; chapyou lucky dog
informal a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
US informal a male friend: used as a term of address
slang an unattractive or boring girl or woman
US and Canadian informal something unsatisfactory or inferior
short for firedog
a dog's chance no chance at all
a dog's dinner or a dog's breakfast informal something that is messy or bungled
a dog's life a wretched existence
dog eat dog ruthless competition or self-interest
like a dog's dinner informal dressed smartly or ostentatiously
put on the dog US and Canadian informal to behave or dress in an ostentatious or showy manner
verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)
to pursue or follow after like a dog
to trouble; plagueto be dogged by ill health
to chase with a dog or dogs
to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device
(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs
Derived Formsdoglike, adjective
Word Origin for dog
Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with go to the dogs (1 of 2)
go to the dogs
see under go to pot.
Idioms and Phrases with go to the dogs (2 of 2)
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)
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