a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap.
a person or group that submits to the influence of another; a servile follower: Regulatory agencies are supposed to be watchdogs, but some have become lapdogs of the industries they oversee.
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How to use lapdog in a sentence
Describing the city agency tasked with investigating police misconduct as “more of a lapdog than a watchdog,” he proposed in 2009 to give it more independence, authority, and guaranteed funding.“City Hall Put the Kibosh on That”: The Inside Story of How de Blasio Promised, Then Thwarted NYPD Accountability | by Eric Umansky and Jake Pearson | June 11, 2021 | ProPublica
The King awoke in great anxiety, and called out, "My kingdom is lost, and my dwarf and my lapdog are killed!"
When the King awoke, he cried out in great anxiety, "My kingdom is lost, and my dwarf and my lapdog are killed!"
In the morning the King awoke in great anxiety, and called out, "My kingdom is lost, and my dwarf and my lapdog are killed!"
She had a little lapdog, who was, next to the Doctor, her favorite.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2) | Wiliam Cabell Bruce
She patted the hand which he had laid upon the arm of her chair, very much as if it had been a pet lapdog.The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for lapdog
a pet dog small and docile enough to be cuddled in the lap
informal a person who attaches himself to someone in admiration or infatuation
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