lap dog

a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap.

1635–45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The frog belonged to his lap dog, killed by a car when it uncharacteristically ran into the street.
Lap dog media then is no better than a lap dog media now.
Already, they have become more of a lap dog for the industry rather than a watch dog for the public.
We believe this board would be a lap dog, not a watch dog.
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