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lapdog

or lap dog

[ lap-dawg, dog ]
/ ˈlæpˌdɔg, ˌdɒg /
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noun

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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Origin of lapdog

First recorded in 1635–45; lap1 + dog
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British Dictionary definitions for lapdog

lapdog
/ (ˈlæpˌdɒɡ) /

noun

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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