When the risks and results of fighting are not equally distributed, we default to a world that delivers “bow-wow POW.”
The mastiff bow-wow had accompanied his mistress to her new home; but bow-wow's best days were done.
I told you before that my name is Dime; but the baby calls me “bow-wow.”
But bow-wow would not hear her, and only groaned more and more.
"Stroke the bow-wow, Tommy," whispered a wag in an audible aside.
She said this so often, that bow-wow came to think it was true, and looked upon her as the best friend he had in the world.
bow-wow went after it and made leaps into the air to get it, and was just as glad as he could be.
"You have come back at last," bow-wow said as soon as he saw her.
A man was sent for to dress the leg, and bow-wow was put to bed.
And sez, 'I must 'ave that gent's name and address, and see into the thing, as I think sounds all bow-wow.'
imitative of a dog's barking, first recorded 1570s.