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noun [countable]     dog pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    an animal kept as a pet, for guarding buildings, or for hunting. A young dog is called a puppy

    Have you fed the dog?

    Out on the street, a dog began to bark.

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    1. a.
      a male dog or a male animal that belongs to the same group of animals as dogs, such as a male wolf or fox

      a dog fox

  2. 2
    used for describing a person of a particular type

    He’s a lucky dog.

    1. a.
      offensive someone who is not attractive, especially a woman
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  3. 3
    informal something that is of bad quality or very unsuccessful

    I invested in an Internet start-up but it turned out to be a real dog.

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    have a dog in a fight be represented in a conflict

    For those of us who want to change the European Union into a democratic Europe run in the interests of working people, we have no dog in this pathetic fight.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 19/04/2016
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in a dog's age for a long time, the same as "for donkey's years"

    I haven't seen you in a dog's age

    Submitted by Oriel Villagarcia from Argentina on 06/03/2016
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