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running dog

noun
1.
Disparaging.
  1. a person or institution subservient to counterrevolutionary interests.
  2. a manipulable, servile follower; lackey:
    to be reviled as a running dog of the colonialists.
2.
Architecture, Vitruvian scroll.
Origin of running dog
1925-1930
1925-30; in political sense, translation of Chinese zǒugǒu
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Examples from the Web for running dog
Historical Examples
  • running dog was interrupted by the sound of a familiar voice from the darkness.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • There is just as much in feeding a running dog, as a running horse.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • "running dog is coming to tell us about something big," they cried.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "It will be hard to get them away if our enemies try to stop us," running dog said, gloomily.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "We followed those people a long ways," running dog told them.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "The Blackfeet are still going ahead," said running dog, who had followed them.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "They went that way," said running dog, as he pointed toward the east.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • Why had running dog failed to warn them of the approaching war parties?

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • "Listen, my brothers, I will tell you about it," said running dog.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • They had little doubt that it was running dog, and they watched him in great suspense.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
Slang definitions & phrases for running dog

running dog

noun phrase

A subordinate with little authority

[1970s+ Army; fr abusive Chinese and North Korean Communist phrases like ''a running dog of Western imperialism,'' fr Mandarin zou gou, ''running dog,'' a dog that runs at its master's command]

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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