bird-dog

verb \ ˈbərd-ˌdȯg \

Definition of bird-dog

bird-dogged; bird-dogging; bird-dogs
: to watch closely
: to seek out : follow, detect

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First Known Use of bird-dog

1943

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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bird-dog Synonyms

Antonyms

guide, lead, pilot;

Near Antonyms

head;

Phrases

run after;


bird dog

noun

Definition of bird dog

1 : a gundog trained to hunt or retrieve birds
2 a : 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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First Known Use of bird dog

1776

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BIRD-DOG Defined for English Language Learners

bird dog

Definition of bird dog for English Language Learners

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



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