running dog

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  1. Disparaging. (especially in Chinese Communist propaganda)
    1. a person or institution subservient to counterrevolutionary interests.
    2. a manipulable, servile follower; lackey: to be reviled as a running dog of the colonialists.
  2. Architecture. Vitruvian scroll.

Origin of running dog

1925–30; in political sense, translation of Chinese zǒugǒu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018