- 1[countable] an animal with four legs and a tail, often kept as a pet or trained for work, for example hunting or guarding buildings. There are many types of dogs, some of which are wild I took the dog for a walk. I could hear a dog barking. dog food guard dogs a dog and her puppies see also guide dog, gun dog, hearing dog, lapdog, prairie dog, sheepdog
- 2[countable] a male dog, fox or wolf compare bitch
- 3 [countable] (informal) a thing of low quality; a failure Her last movie was an absolute dog.
- 4[countable] (informal) an offensive way of describing a woman who is not considered attractive
- 5[countable] (informal) (disapproving) used, especially after an adjective, to describe a man who has done something bad You dirty dog! see also hot dog, shaggy-dog story, top dog, watchdog Idioms
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an event that is planned only in order to impress people so that they will support or buy something the dog and pony show of his visits to the war zone a dog and pony show to sell the idea to investors
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a situation in business, politics, etc. where there is a lot of competition and people are willing to harm each other in order to succeed I'm afraid in this line of work it's a case of dog eat dog. We're operating in a dog-eat-dog world.
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a person who stops other people from enjoying what he or she cannot use or does not want
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an unhappy life, full of problems or unfair treatment He led poor Amy a dog's life. She was desperately lonely, poor dear.
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everyone has good luck or success at some point in their life
every dog has his/its day(saying)jump to other results
to get into a very bad state This company's gone to the dogs since the new management took over.
go to the dogs(informal)jump to other results