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[dawg-nap, dog-] /ˈdɔg næp, ˈdɒg-/
verb (used with object), dognapped or dognaped, dognapping or dognaping.
to steal (a dog), especially for the purpose of selling it for profit.
1945-50, Americanism; dog + -nap
Related forms
dognapper, dognaper, noun Unabridged
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  • The dognapper then continues in grabbing the dog, and running off with it.
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verb -naps, -napping, -napped (US) -naps, -naping, -naped
(transitive) to carry off and hold (a dog), usually for ransom
Derived Forms
dognapper, noun
dognapping, (US) dognaping, noun
Word Origin
C20:from dog + kidnap
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A stealer of dogs, esp for profitable selling (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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