dog tag


Definition of dog tag

: an identification tag (as for military personnel or pets)

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For this song, the female lifeguard emerges from behind the scrim, holding a set of dog tags. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Good Swimmer’ Review: A Vietnam Metaphor," 30 Nov. 2018 The military handed over the dog tag identified in the boxes of remains returned from North Korea last week to the family of Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel. Fox News, "Graham on discussing Mueller probe with Trump, Iran policy," 9 Aug. 2018 This patch sports a giant eagle ripping through cloth, wearing dog tags with the initials of an old Union commander during the Civil War, Col. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket," 7 Dec. 2018 Zeiger remembers looking into his eyes, digging through his bloody clothes to find his dog tags, then watching the 23-year-old pass away. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Last month, the department identified one service member whose dog tag was returned. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US identifies 2 Korean War dead from North Korea remains," 11 Sep. 2018 Crews found uniforms, dog tags, wallets and lighters. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "Officials are racing an Alaska glacier that threatens to swallow what’s left of a 1952 plane crash that killed dozens," 20 June 2018 His son’s dog tag and the coordinates of the collision are tattooed on one arm. Ian Duncan,, "On first Memorial Day since his son's death, Navy father is still figuring out how to move forward," 28 May 2018 He is struck by the items that aren’t there — no dog tags, no phone, no wallet. Anita Porterfield, San Antonio Express-News, "A military mortician solves a mystery," 15 Mar. 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dog tag

: a small, thin piece of metal that is worn around the neck of an American soldier and that lists the soldier's name, service number, and other information

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