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hangdog

[hang-dawg, -dog] /ˈhæŋˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
adjective
1.
browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject:
He always went about with a hangdog look.
2.
shamefaced; guilty:
He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression.
3.
suitable to a degraded or contemptible person; sneaky; furtive.
noun
4.
Archaic. a degraded, contemptible person.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; hang + dog
Synonyms
2. ashamed, contrite, crestfallen.
Antonyms
1. confident, assured.
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British Dictionary definitions for hang-dog

hangdog

/ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ/
adjective
1.
downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
noun
2.
a furtive or sneaky person
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Word Origin and History for hang-dog
adj.

also hangdog, 1670s, "befitting a hang-dog," a despicable, degraded fellow, so called either from notion of being fit only to hang a dog (cf. cutthroat) or of being a low person (i.e. dog) fit only for hanging. As a noun from 1680s.

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