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attack dog

noun

Simple Definition of attack dog

  • : a dog that has been trained to attack people

  • : a person who is known for making very harsh and personal criticisms of other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of attack dog

  1. 1 :  a dog trained to attack on command or on sight

  2. 2 :  a person noted for harsh, personal, and usually public verbal attacks against others <a political attack dog>

Examples of attack dog in a sentence

  1. The charges against the candidate were made by one of the governor's attack dogs.

  2. <his reputation as a political attack dog earned him the vice presidential spot on the ticket>



1970

First Known Use of attack dog

1970


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