bandog

bandog

[ban-dawg, -dog]
noun
any dog, as a mastiff or bloodhound, kept tied or chained.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English band-dogge. See band3, dog

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Main Entry:  bandog
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a watchdog kept tied or chained up due to its ferocity
Etymology:  Middle English band 'leash, chain' + dogge 'dog'
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