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
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
First Known Use of attack dog
ATTACK DOG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of attack dog for English Language Learners
: 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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