attack dog


Definition of attack dog

1 : a dog trained to attack on command or on sight
2 : a person noted for harsh, personal, and usually public verbal attacks against others a political attack dog usually hyphenated when used before another noun attack-dog tactics

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Examples of attack dog in a Sentence

The charges against the candidate were made by one of the governor's attack dogs. his reputation as a political attack dog earned him the vice presidential spot on the ticket

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Animals, Kenbridge Drive: A caller reported June 1 a deer was chasing people and attacking dogs in the area., "Unknown man makes off from Home Depot after fraudulent return: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 5 June 2019 Linking a minimum wage battle in Birmingham to water hoses and attack dogs may seem far-fetched, almost obscene. John Blake, CNN, "The Fight for $15 takes on the 'Jim Crow economy'," 13 Apr. 2018 Another increasingly prominent legal attack dog is Los Angeles lawyer Charles Harder, who famously sued the gossip website Gawker into extinction on behalf of the nominal plaintiff, Hulk Hogan. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 Their security measures included using safe houses, countless rental cars and trained attack dogs. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "9 years of fear: Ex-wife of Scottsdale-area shooter describes him as her 'personal terrorist'," 12 June 2018 So, Fudge's sample ballot drew a strong rebuke from Dennis Kucinich's campaign, whose lawyer and attack dog, Marty Gelfand, complained to the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. Mark Naymik,, "May 8 primary's big winners and big losers: Mark Naymik," 9 May 2018 The first known use of an attack dog to bite an inmate to get him out of his jail cell in Oregon amounts to an excessive use of force, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges. Maxine Bernstein,, "Former inmate bitten by police dog files $500,000 lawsuit against Columbia County," 14 May 2018 Animal Services said the attacking dogs were in the care of a dog walker hired through an app. Houston Chronicle, "Houston parks where your dog can be a dog," 10 May 2018 Cohen also became Trump’s attack dog, particularly with journalists. Michael Kranish,, "How Trump’s ‘fixer’ could provide Robert Mueller a break," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of attack dog

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners 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

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