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puppy dog

  1. puppy(def 1).
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Origin of puppy dog

First recorded in 1585–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for puppy dog

Historical Examples

  • He struggled frantically, but felt like a puppy-dog in the paws of a grizzly.

    The Spoilers of the Valley

    Robert Watson

  • It was like a puppy-dog pointing a little bird in the grass.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • The sense is—'and he could romp about, exactly as if he were a puppy-dog.'

  • He was lying on his back, with his paws in the air, and whining very like a puppy-dog.

  • Across the road were meat, fish, vegetable, and puppy-dog shops.

    Peeps Into China

    E. C. Phillips