running dog

noun

Definition of running dog 

: one who blindly follows someone else's orders : lackey

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But some mushers including those from Southcentral and Interior have been mainly running dogs in snowy conditions. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Brutal rough’: Fast and icy Kuskokwim 300 awaits winner Sunday," 21 Jan. 2018 He's been running dogs for more than a decade and started getting more serious about racing about six years ago. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "From reality TV to real-deal musher, Jessie Holmes captures Iditarod rookie honors," 15 Mar. 2018 Over the next few years, while balancing schoolwork and mushing and overcoming logistical challenges, Traska began running dogs. Joseph Robertia, Anchorage Daily News, "She was 9 when she started dreaming about the Iditarod. Nineteen years later, she’s a race rookie.," 24 Feb. 2018 Make no mistake, running dogs is an expensive habit. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Mushers gotta mush, but the price for long-distance races is steep," 6 Feb. 2018 The Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ will study whether to close the Lost Shoe Creek drainage to visitors; the Tla-o-qui-aht are considering zip lines that dogs could be leashed to as an alternative to free-running dogs in their communities. J.b. Mackinnon, Smithsonian, "No One’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf—And That’s a Problem," 23 Oct. 2017 And then there was the laugh riot that ensued when running dog Mike Pence skedaddled out of an Indianapolis Colts game. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Donald Trump's Claim of "Merry Christmas" Promises a Holiday From Hell," 15 Oct. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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