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mad-dog

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verb (used with object), mad·-dogged, mad·-dog·ging.
  1. Slang. to glare at threateningly.
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Origin of mad-dog

An Americanism dating back to 1985–90
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Related Words for mad-dog

frenzied, fanatical, delirious, zealous, enthusiastic, crazed, virulent, furious, fervent, berserk, bigoted, crazy, deranged, extreme, extremist, frantic, frenetic, hot, infuriated, insane

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  • It was a relapse of its former distemper, that is, of the bite of the mad-dog.

  • But as soon as the mad-dog scare started the girls were all very careful about letting Tom Jonah go off the premises.

  • I fear, Senor Dictator, that your pledge to see me across the frontier will not avail against that mad-dog mob.

    Bucky O'Connor

    William MacLeod Raine

  • In one glance he recognized, not a mad-dog, but an abused, frightened creature running for its life.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I

    Velma Caldwell Melville

  • Once in ten thousand times, at the very most, a mad-dog hue-and-cry is justified.