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puppy dog

puppy (def 1).
Origin of puppy dog
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • If one happens to come in in the dark, no matter how well one knows the place, one sits down on a hat or a puppy-dog.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • It was like a puppy-dog pointing a little bird in the grass.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • The sense is—'and he could romp about, exactly as if he were a puppy-dog.'

  • He struggled frantically, but felt like a puppy-dog in the paws of a grizzly.

  • On horseback you think yourself somebody, but you look like a puppy-dog.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 Armando Palacio Valds
  • He was lying on his back, with his paws in the air, and whining very like a puppy-dog.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • He knew only that the puppy-dog, given him only the previous morning, was safe back in his arms.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • Across the road were meat, fish, vegetable, and puppy-dog shops.

    Peeps Into China E. C. Phillips
  • The puppy-dog trust arose in me, I was a stranger, she was going to bow, perhaps smile!

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • She shut her eyes, then like a puppy-dog snuggling to its mother, turned and dug her round little nose into the pillow.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper

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