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prairie dog

noun
1.
any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered.
Origin of prairie dog
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism
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Examples from the Web for prairie dog
Historical Examples
  • Once fairly in the valley of the prairie dog, we had a good look at our array.

  • "I should think you played a joke on the prairie dog," he remarked at last.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Benny Badger hadn't known that there was a prairie dog village so near his den.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • But you've gone and dug them on the wrong side of the prairie dog village!

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Here and there, he would show me where a snake, a rat, and a prairie dog had crossed the track.

    The Life of Kit Carson Edward S. Ellis
  • And sometimes there are snakes or an owl in the same hole with the prairie dog.

  • I knew we must strike the prairie dog, and the cattle were within half a mile of it when day broke.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • You never saw me, but I was with you the night you drifted to the prairie dog.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • And he dug them all on the other side of the prairie dog village—on the side toward the rancher's home.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • "Angle across the plain and enter the trail on the divide, between here and the prairie dog," suggested Priest to his men.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for prairie dog

prairie dog

noun
1.
any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North America Also called prairie marmot
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Slang definitions & phrases for prairie dog

prairie dog

verb phrase

To pop up one's head from an office cubicle: Dilbert depicts prairie-dogging

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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