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fox terrier

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
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I hold it in my hand without letting my fox-terrier see it, and then I throw it.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • But when a Burman sees a fox-terrier or any English dog his delight is unfeigned.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • As you sit reading the most moving romance you ever fell upon, what sort of a judge is your fox-terrier of your behavior?

  • I'd say, and Piddie would prick up his ears like a fox-terrier sightin' a rat.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Nose black, and nostrils full, V-shaped ears, with fox-terrier carriage and small dark eyes.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • The silence was broken by the fretful barking of Spot, Claud's fox-terrier.

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • He has given her a dog—a fox-terrier—and they take ostentatiously elaborate precautions to keep it out of my garden.

    The Black Poodle F. Anstey
  • A Newfoundland dog cannot very well be compared with a fox-terrier, my pet.

    That Little Beggar E. King Hall
  • A roar of laughter from the passengers greeted the capsizing of the fox-terrier and the good-natured gravity of Michael.

  • I learnt from the young lady that he was an English-born fox-terrier.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for fox-terrier

fox terrier

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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