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running dog

  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.
Architecture. Vitruvian scroll.
Origin of running dog
1925-30; in political sense, translation of Chinese zǒugǒu Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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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