dog

[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /

noun

verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.

Idioms

Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga

Related forms

dog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for put on the dog

dog

/ (dɒɡ) /

noun

verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)

adverb

(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs

Derived Forms

doglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Culture definitions for put on the dog

put on the dog


To make a show of wealth or elegance: “The annual ball gave everyone a chance to dress up and put on the dog.”

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Idioms and Phrases with put on the dog (1 of 2)

put on the dog


Also, put on the ritz. Behave in an elegant, extravagant manner, as in We'll have to put on the dog when our daughter's in-laws visit, or They really put on the ritz for the wedding reception. The allusion in the first of these slangy terms, first recorded in 1865, is unclear, although it has been suggested that the newly rich displayed their wealth by keeping pampered lapdogs. The second term, from the 1920s, alludes to the large, luxurious hotels founded by and named for César Ritz (1850–1918), which still exist in Paris, London, and many other major cities.

Idioms and Phrases with put on the dog (2 of 2)

dog


In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • coon's (dog's) age
  • every dog has its day
  • go to pot (the dogs)
  • hair of the dog
  • hot dog
  • in the doghouse
  • let sleeping dogs lie
  • put on the dog
  • rain cats and dogs
  • see a man about a dog
  • shaggy dog story
  • sick as a dog
  • tail wagging the dog
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • throw to the wolves (dogs)
  • top banana (dog)
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