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lap dog

a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap.
Origin of lap dog
1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He said, I must act like the lap-dog, and then my mistress will like me.

  • He was no more for such enterprises than your lap-dog for bull-baiting.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • When Adam gave names to the animals, he could have called a lion a lap-dog—to reassure the Africans.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • Fenn's been her lap-dog round here—takes her out to dine and that.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Mr. Brown sighed because Bobby steadily but amiably refused to be anybody's lap-dog.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • I called one day on Mrs ——, and her lap-dog flew at my leg and bit it.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • A donkey felt badly because he was not so great a favorite as a lap-dog.

  • Some ladies could dismiss a lover with more ease than a lap-dog.

  • It would not be the first time that a middle-aged woman has replaced her lap-dog in that way.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • I'm too big for a lap-dog, and too fond of sport for the drawing-room, I suppose.

    The Diva's Ruby F. Marion Crawford

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