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fox terrier

noun
1.
either of two English breeds of small terriers having either a long, wiry coat or a short, flat coat, formerly used for driving foxes from their holes.
Origin of fox terrier
1815-1825
1815-25
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  • He was almost inclined to laugh at the insolence of Cadwallader Hunter, as a lion might laugh at a fox terrier worrying his foot.

  • "I've always meant to have a fox terrier some day," he told Miss Carter.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • The first day somebody found a fox terrier, evidently lost and probably the pet of some officer.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • The general says Mr. Saxton is a Newfoundland and Warry a fox terrier.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • At his heels was a fox terrier, which he had christened Zut.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • The fox terrier must have killed the woodchuck and then committed suicide.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • The dog was a fox terrier with one black spot over his left eye like a patch.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • The presentation of a fox terrier, "Tuppence," by name, I hailed with delight.

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • In your dream it seems to you that a fox terrier is chasing a woodchuck around and around the inside of your head.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • Whats more, none of the people who live around here have a fox terrier pup that I know of.

British Dictionary definitions for fox terrier

fox terrier

noun
1.
either of two breeds of small terrier, the wire-haired and the smooth, having a white coat with markings of black or tan or both
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