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hangdog

[ hang-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈhæŋˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /
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adjective
shamefaced; guilty: He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression.
browbeaten; defeated; intimidated: He always went about with a hangdog look.
suitable to a degraded or contemptible person; sneaky; furtive.
noun
a degraded, contemptible person.
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Origin of hangdog

First recorded in 1670–80; hang + dog
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British Dictionary definitions for hangdog

hangdog
/ (ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ) /

adjective
downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
noun
a furtive or sneaky person
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