dog1 S1 W1 [countable]
a common animal with four legs, fur, and a tail. Dogs are kept as pets or trained to guard places, find drugs etc [↪ puppy]:
I could hear a dog barking.
a pack of stray dogs
What breed of dog is she?
a male dog, fox, or wolf [↪ bitch]
an offensive word meaning an unattractive woman
womaninformal not polite
when people compete against each other and will do anything to get what they want:
It's a dog eat dog world out there.
if a country or organization is going to the dogs, it is getting worse and will be difficult to improve
an offensive word for an unpleasant or dishonest man:
dishonestinformal not polite
• You dirty dog!
a life that is difficult and unpleasant, with very little pleasure:
His wife's a nag who leads him a dog's life (=makes his life unpleasant).
8 British English informal
to do something very badly:
The orchestra made a complete dog's breakfast of the fourth movement.
9DC British English informal
something that is meant to be impressive or fashionable but that other people think is not:
She was dressed up like a dog's dinner.
10 British English informal
to have no chance of being successful
used to say that even the most unimportant person has a time in their life when they are successful and important
12 British English informal
very pleased and happy because something good has happened
feet[plural] American English informal
Boy, my dogs really hurt.
something that is of very poor quality
poor qualityAmerican English informal
15 American English
an event that has only been organized so that people can admire it and think that it is impressive, not for any real purpose
16 British English informal
a very rude expression used to say that something is very good
17DSO British English informal
a sports event consisting of a series of races for dogs
18 American English old-fashioned
to pretend to be richer, more clever etc than you really are