put on the dog

Slang Dictionary

dog definition


  1. n.
    a foot. (Usually plural.) : I gotta get home and soak my dogs.
  2. n.
    an ugly girl. (Rude and derogatory.) : I'm no dog, but I could wish for some changes.
  3. n.
    something undesirable or worthless; merchandise that no one wants to buy. : Put the dogs out on the sale table so people will see them.
  4. n.
    dog dung. (See also dog-doo.) : There's some dog on the lawn.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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put on the dog definition


and put on the ritz
  1. tv.
    to make things extra special for a special event. : Frank's really putting on the dog for the big party Friday night. , We're going out tonight, and we're really gonna put on the ritz.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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put on the dog

Also, put on the ritz. Behave in an elegant, extravagant manner, as in We'll have to put on the dog when our daughter's in-laws visit, or They really put on the ritz for the wedding reception. The allusion in the first of these slangy terms, first recorded in 1865, is unclear, although it has been suggested that the newly rich displayed their wealth by keeping pampered lapdogs. The second term, from the 1920s, alludes to the large, luxurious hotels founded by and named for César Ritz (1850-1918), which still exist in Paris, London, and many other major cities.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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