Dog-trick

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dog-trick an ill-natured trick
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Idioms

You can't teach an old dog new tricks - It is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. doggë; not in A.S.; Dut. dog, a mastiff; Ger. dogge, docke.

Usage

In literature:

It is only with the domestic animals, like the horses and the trick-dogs, that the trainer can exercise gentle persuasion.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Back to your desk, you dog, and the next time I catch you at any of these tricks off you go, and no character.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
Before this high functionary the learned dog advanced, quite alone, and performed all his best tricks.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
I'm eager to demonstrate that I'm not too old a dog to learn new tricks.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
He then told her that it was an old trick of the dog's to get a bun, and that if she would give him one he would return the property.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
I know I'm a stupid old stumbling-block, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks, that is, at the ring of the gong.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
We can go from farm to farm, from house to house, begging a meal, and you can sing, and put the dog through his tricks.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
I wasn't brought up gentle, and you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
If by any trick you escape me, I'll deliver you to the dogs.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
In Persia and in India wolves are trained and made to play tricks and antics as monkeys and dogs are in Europe.
"Le Morvan, [A District of France,] Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches" by Henri de Crignelle
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In poetry:

All thi life, sin puppy days
We've been chums:--tha knows mi ways;--
An noa matter what fowk says,
On we jog.
'Spite what tricks dame Fortun plays,--
Tha'rt my dog.
"Dick an Me" by John Hartley
"Sweet trick of voice!
I would be a dog for this, to know it at last,
And die upon the falls of it. O love,
O best Aurora! are you then so sad
You scarcely had been sadder as my wife?"
"Aurora Leigh: Book Eighth" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

But while we've always supported hair-of-the dog decadence, waking up with the same old mimosa every Sunday is a bit like waking up next to the same old trick.
Apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks: Just look to the social media efforts of stalwart frozen dessert franchise Tasti D- Lite .
Old dog with magical new tricks.
During the Fulton Street Fair on Saturday, June 16, kids and adults alike will be treated to a performance of The Marvelous Mutts, a collection of adopted shelter dogs trained to perform a wide variety of tricks.
Guitar Tricks for a Middle-Aged Dog.
If you could teach your dog any trick in the world, what would it be.
00PM ThursdayDecember 6, 2012. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
If you believe old dogs can't learn new tricks, check this out: A new study reveals Toledo's 60 to 70 year- old -crowd is using and loving the latest tech gadgets and trends.
'You CAN teach an old dog new tricks'.
Comedian Jeremy Owens believes that Phyllis Diller proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
He may indeed be an old dog, but 74-year-old Sen John McCain can certainly learn new tricks.
Margaret Bryant teaches new tricks in dog portraiture.
Sure, you can teach them a trick or two, and yes some dogs are smarter than others, but generally speaking, they're dumb.
A new trick for the downward-facing dog: A push-up Try This.
High court debates use of sniffer dogs: same as trick-or-treaters.
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In science:

Viswanathan, “New tricks for old dogs: Large alphabet probability estimation,” in Information Theory Workshop, 2007.
Generalized Error Exponents For Small Sample Universal Hypothesis Testing
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