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red dog

noun, Cards.
a gambling game played by two to ten persons with a pack of 52 cards, in which players bet in turn that their hands contain a card of the same suit as the top card of the stock and of higher rank.
Also called high-card pool.
Origin of red dog


[red-dawg, -dog] /ˈrɛdˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/ Football. (esp. of linebackers)
verb (used with object), red-dogged, red-dogging.
to charge directly for (the passer) as soon as the ball is snapped.
verb (used without object), red-dogged, red-dogging.
to red-dog the passer.
Related forms
red-dogger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I do not believe the Kiowas will follow them," red dog said, hopefully.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • An' yet thar's once at least when red dog shows it's got its silken side.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • They knew only too well the fate that awaited red dog if he had fallen into the hands of his enemies.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • It ain't no part of our civic economy to let red dog get by with anything.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • I am thinking about red dog, and the women and children in that camp.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • I'll land red dog inside the walls within an hour if you'll only say the word.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • "If they do not know that our people are away, they will be cautious," said red dog.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
Slang definitions & phrases for red dog

red dog

noun phrase

A defensive assault in which the linebacker goes directly for the quarterback (1966+ Football)

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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