hang-dog

hangdog

[hang-dawg, -dog]
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:
1670–80; hang + dog


2. ashamed, contrite, crestfallen.


1. confident, assured.
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hangdog (ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ)
 
adj
1.  downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
 
n
2.  a furtive or sneaky person

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hang-dog
1677, "befitting a hang-dog," a despicable, degraded fellow, so called either from notion of being fit only to hang a dog, or to be hanged like one.
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