Definition of attack dog in English:

attack dog

noun

  • 1A dog trained to attack on command and kept for this purpose.

    • ‘The police have been equipped with water cannon, attack dogs, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullet guns.’
    • ‘In Egypt, riot police used water cannons and attack dogs to keep anti-war demonstrators away from the US embassy.’
    • ‘Others are shackled in stress positions for hours, held in isolation for months, and threatened with attack dogs.’
    • ‘A German shepherd attack dog also made the trip from Angola.’
    • ‘But his guards trust their longtime charge to roam the prison and tend to attack dogs.’
    • ‘His signature will be the black balaclava and the attack dogs.’
    • ‘More than 30,000 heavily armed troops and police backed by light tanks, armoured vehicles, water cannon, horses and attack dogs were deployed around the capital.’
    • ‘They have not had electrodes attached to their genitals or been set on by attack dogs.’
    • ‘The police then charged the picket line with attack dogs.’
    • ‘Drawing on their activist roots, the refugees launched demonstrations and strikes, which the Marines met with attack dogs, batons and tanks.’
    • ‘Equipped with an arsenal of weapons and a pack of highly trained attack dogs, a ruthless hunter begins to stalk the boys, one by one.’
    • ‘An angry standoff ensued, until police unleashed their attack dogs, injuring several workers.’
    • ‘Neighborhood watch teams, alarm systems, and attack dogs were now the norm.’
    • ‘As journalists were hurriedly shepherded back onto buses, policemen with large attack dogs threatened the women.’
    • ‘These black attack dogs are well fed.’
    • ‘One of the most hated abuses by York police was the use of attack dogs.’
    • ‘He disliked dogs, and attack dogs most of all.’
    • ‘Attack dogs barked furiously behind bolted doors.’
    • ‘But using attack dogs on those young demonstrators seems too extreme.’
    • ‘And a lawyer who phoned said that he needed an attack dog to fend off some of his previous clients.’
    1. 1.1 A person who is very aggressive in their defence or support of someone or something:
      ‘he was accused of being an all-purpose attack dog for the government’
      • ‘But are news outlets simply afraid of unleashing their investigative attack dogs in case legal action and harassment will follow?’
      • ‘I was expecting a shooting squad of lefty attack dogs rabidly defending the movie and blasting any criticism.’
      • ‘Edwards, looking - if possible - even younger than usual, answered Democratic naysayers by perfectly filling the role of attack dog.’
      • ‘We also need to figure out how we can become cohesive units within our own party rather than a disoraganized swarm of attack dogs.’
      • ‘But curiously the paper contains not a whisper of complaint from Peter or his fellow attack dogs.’
      • ‘You also want your vice president to take on the role of attack dog during the campaign.’
      • ‘Instead, both have looked like opportunistic attack dogs.’
      • ‘"I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with the administration's chief attack dog," he said.’
      • ‘I had no idea he was going to be a little attack dog.’
      • ‘Their activists are the new attack dogs.’
      • ‘Unleash the attack dogs of intellectual war.’
      • ‘He is a natural "attack dog" and an astute deployer of facts and figures to put the Government in a bad light.’
      • ‘He is the attack dog for the hawks in the war cabinet.’
      • ‘Instead she has now been firmly assigned to the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate: attack dog.’
      • ‘And, finally, Hillary Clinton is just a great sort of attack dog in many ways.’
      • ‘He scored at a career-high pace, but more importantly, Jackson turned Bryant into an attack dog on defense in the Scottie Pippen mold.’
      • ‘The vice president is becoming an attack dog, on a personal level, which should be beneath him but evidently is not.’
      • ‘I wish Brooks could figure out from week to week if he wants to be an attack dog or smarmy.’
      • ‘The president sends out his attack dog often.’
      • ‘Are they going to become an attack dog or a watchdog press corps?’
      persecutor, oppressor, tyrant, tormentor, browbeater, intimidator, coercer, subjugator
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