working dog

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n working dog any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
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Quotations

  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
  • Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky
    “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”

Idioms

Work like a dog - If you work like a dog, you work very hard.
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Usage

In literature:

He makes lamps, babies, dogs, trees, money, etc., and the angels work for him.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
Next day, as Pennecuick came back to work he met a dog on the river.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
He fell to work at the big tree again, and laboured doggedly till nightfall.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
They worked together and they were highly intelligent, probably about halfway between dog and man.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
My work at the office finished, I took a car for the Graymount, followed as usual by one of the detectives that for days had dogged me.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Enough, I would go doggedly to work upon my tale or novel.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
We have just begun to use dogs for that sort of work.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
For Bob was a working dog.
"The Kitchen Cat, and other Tales" by Amy Walton
John tackled his Shakespeare alone, working doggedly.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Let us watch the old, experienced guide and the dog drivers as they attend to this work.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
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In poetry:

Bix to Buxtehude to Boulez,
The little white dog on the Victor label
Listens long and hard as he is able.
It's all in a day's work, whatever plays.
"The Victor Dog" by James Merrill
Even th' dogs have enuff an' to spare,
Tho' they ne'er worked a day i' ther life;
But ther maisters forget they should care
For a chap 'at's three bairns an' a wife.
"Aht o' wark" by John Hartley
When them ye hear ye do think shame,
Of them ye do deny the name,
Ye think it proper me to blame,
For your dull works;
But keep your dog'rel verse at hame,
Ye senseless stirks.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins
His work of vengeance o'er, all moral hope
Of life exhausted, from the ways of men
Far vanished Monkwood in the Western world,
A salvage hunter of the homeless woods,
Lord of his cave, his rifle, and his dog.
"Monkwood: Part First" by Thomas Aird
Kangaroo bounded away, his back-legs working like pistons—
Bounded from morning till dark, twenty-five feet at a bound.
Yellow-Dog Dingo lay like a yellow cloud in the distance—
Much too busy to bark. My! but they covered the ground!
"The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo" by Rudyard Kipling
"Oh a sailor's life's a dog's life, an' that's a fact, my son;
'Is pay's no more'n a coolie's, 'is work is never done;
But you bet I'm goin' to quit it fust chance as comes my way,
For a sailor's life's a dog's life, look at it 'ow you may."
"A Dog's Life" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Kampa works agility with two Morrison County Humane Society rescue dogs.
But, here is a look at what a "Dog Day" might be if a pooch actually had to get ready for work in the morning.
Well they do the same with the Military Working Dog (MWD).
Gallery of images from the military working dog retirement ceremony at Hill Air Force Base.
Air Force family giving former working dog 'real retirement'.
As a result of the passage of H.R 5314 in November 2000, civilians can adopt a retiring Military Working Dog .
Working Dog Named Most 'Cloneworthy.
The Hardest- Working Dog in New England.
No one can, or would, stay in this line of work unless they have an great passion for dogs.
View full size US Army photo SGT David Varkett with Nouschka, a military working dog, just before the Nov 2 activation ceremony.
Meyer is working her dog Stella on the course, prepping her for the nationals at the end of the year.
South Bend woman's guide dog honored for work.
More dogs sit, stay at work.
He is paid a six-figure salary to process dog license applications, and, until recently, four Chicago police officers protected him on his way to work as the keeper of Chicago's vehicle stickers .
Take your dog to work.
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