Curtail dog

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Curtail dog dŏg` A dog with a docked tail; formerly, the dog of a person not qualified to course, which, by the forest laws, must have its tail cut short, partly as a mark, and partly from a notion that the tail is necessary to a dog in running; hence, a dog not fit for sporting. "Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs."
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Usage

In literature:

For several days he held regular levees, that curious boys and sympathizing girls might see and pity the changed and curtailed dog.
"Under the Lilacs" by Louisa May Alcott
For several days he held regular levees, that curious boys and sympathizing girls might see and pity the changed and curtailed dog.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. V, August, 1878, No 10." by Various
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