bird-dog

verb \ ˈbərd-ˌdȯg \

Definition of bird-dog

intransitive verb
:to watch closely
transitive verb
:to seek out :follow, detect

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First Known Use of bird-dog

1943

bird-dog Synonyms

Synonyms
bird-dog, chase, course, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail
Antonyms
guide, lead, pilot
Related Words
accompany, chaperone (or chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watch
Near Antonyms
head

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

First Known Use of bird dog

1776


BIRD-DOG Defined for English Language Learners

bird dog

noun

Definition of bird dog for English Language Learners

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



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