Running-dog

running dog

noun Disparaging.
1.
a.
a person or institution subservient to counterrevolutionary interests.
b.
a manipulable, servile follower; lackey: to be reviled as a running dog of the colonialists.
2.
Architecture, Vitruvian scroll.

Origin:
1925–30; in political sense, translation of Chinese zǒugǒu

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