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bird-dogged; bird-dogging; bird-dogs

Definition of bird-dog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to watch closely

transitive verb

: to seek out : follow, detect

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Definition of bird dog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gundog trained to hunt or retrieve birds
2a : one (such as a canvasser or talent scout) who seeks out something for another
b : one who steals another's date

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of bird-dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Directions Perform 8-15 reps per side of the dead bug, 6-12 reps per side of the bird dog, and hold the side plank for 20-45 seconds per side. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 17 Apr. 2021 The most obvious place to look for your next bird dog might be in your living room. Jennifer Wapenski, Outdoor Life, 5 Mar. 2021 In early March when much of the country sees signals of spring — a shift in daylight hours, a promise of warmth and even the first birds of a vast migration — an Alaska bird dog becomes anxious. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2021 Craig is sure enough a bird dog man, and has hunted everything from grouse in Utah to ducks in Arkansas to wild bobwhite quail here in Georgia. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, 29 Dec. 2020 Their films are like moving photo essays, with gorgeous footage accompanied by a heartfelt voiceover...and plenty of great bird dog action. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 12 Oct. 2020 Give your upland bird dog some waterfowl hunting experience. Tom Carpenter, Field & Stream, 25 Nov. 2019 Durrell Smith is a 30-year-old native of Atlanta, an author, visual artist, art teacher, bird dog handler/trainer, and most notably, the host and founder of The Gun Dog Notebook Podcast. Durrell L. Smith, Outdoor Life, 10 June 2020 There had been little to no minority representation in the hunting community and even less so in the bird dog world. Durrell L. Smith, Outdoor Life, 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of bird-dog


1943, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bird dog

US : a dog that has been trained to help people hunt birds


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