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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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Examples from the web for hangdog
  • He had a stunted, impoverished look and a hangdog air of perpetual defeat.
  • Despite the smeared state of his career, there was nothing hangdog about him.
  • In the face of hangdog troop withdrawals, daily violence continues to plague both countries.
British Dictionary definitions for hangdog

hangdog

/ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ/
adjective
1.
downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
noun
2.
a furtive or sneaky person
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