bird dog

noun
1.
one of any of various breeds of dogs trained to hunt or retrieve birds.
2.
Informal. a person hired to locate special items or people, especially a talent scout who seeks out promising athletes.
3.
Slang. a person who steals another person's date.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism

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bird-dog

[burd-dawg, -dog]
verb (used with object), bird-dogged, bird-dogging. Informal.
1.
to follow, watch carefully, or investigate.
2.
to seek out.
verb (used without object), bird-dogged, bird-dogging.
3.
Informal. to follow or watch carefully.
4.
Slang. to steal or attempt to steal another person's date.

Origin:
v. use of bird dog

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bird dog
 
n
1.  hunting a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot
 
vb , -dogs, -dogging, -dogged
2.  informal to control closely with unceasing vigilance

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bird-dog definition


  1. tv.
    to take away another man's girlfriend. : Why'd you have to go and bird-dog me, your best buddy?
  2. tv.
    to supervise someone; to tail someone. : Marlowe knew somebody was bird-dogging him, but he was too smart to show it.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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