Slang dictionary

dog walk

[dog wawk]

What does dog walk mean?

Time to get the leash. The slang dog walk is “to overpower” or “outsmart” someone, as if in utter control of them, as when walking a dog. The slang verb own is a close synonym.

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Where does dog walk come from?

KFMB / Entertainment Tonight

When walking a dog, there’s a familiar routine: put the leash on, go outside, and let your doggo do their business. Sometimes you have to drag them along when they get stubborn. Or snap the leash back when they get unruly. This the essence of the slang dog walk, which a 2008 Urban Dictionary entry described as “total domination.”

In 2019, dog walk lit up the internet when rapper and celebrity Cardi B said she would dog walk conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren on social media.

The feud started in January 2019 when Lahren criticized Cardi for speaking out against the partial government shutdown instigated by President Trump over funding for his border wall–the longest such shutdown in US history. Lahren tweeted at Cardi: “Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020.” But Cardi wasn’t having it, answering: “Leave me alone I will dog walk you.”

Cardi B fans and other more liberal-minded tweeters dog-piled on Lahren, calling out some of her previous comments as bigoted and racist.

Examples of dog walk

Someone is punching way over their weight class. Sweetie, don’t even try to come for @RepSwalwell. He’ll dog walk you.
@Redpainter1, January 2019
Cardi B, who was trolled by conservative media pundit Tomi Lahren over her video calling out Trump and his proposed wall -- only to simply but effectively respond, "Leave me alone I will dog walk you" -- quote tweeted a doctor on Twitter who suggested "dog walking" is what Nancy Pelosi had done to Trump to bring the shutdown to an end. In her reply, Cardi wrote, "Basically."
Alex Ungerman, ET Online, January 2019
Jesse Duquette (@the.daily.don) / Instagram

Who uses dog walk?

Aside from when it refers to actually walking a cute puppers, dog walking is a considered a colorful, if fairly aggressive, threat or action.

Since Cardi B used it, the internet hasn’t been able to stop talking about it. The spat was closely followed that even the likes of Vanity Fair, Complex, and The Huffington Post chimed in. Social media posts took Cardi B’s dog walk line and applied it to a lot of frustrating scenarios.

Dog walk went on to become popular political slang during the 2018–19 government shutdown, and it was notably used to describe the way Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, outmaneuvered Donald Trump to reopen the government.

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