Word of the DaySaturday, November 17, 2012
\DAWG-eer\ , verb;
To fold down the corner of a page in a book.
(In a book) a corner of a page folded over like a dog's ear, as by careless use, or to mark a place.
In architecture, another term for a crossette.
This was uncharacteristic of him, territorial as he was over books, always reminding me not to dog-ear pages.
-- Kaye Gibbons, Sights Unseen
I will dog-ear the pages, maybe even fill out the order form, but I won't get anything.
-- Elizabeth Berg, Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Dog-ear as a metaphor for the folded pages of a book first appears in the 1650s.
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