Definition of dog tag in English:

dog tag


  • 1A metal tag attached to a dog's collar, typically giving its name and owner's address.

    • ‘On page 26 of the August issue, we incorrectly listed the name of the company that makes wireless dog tags.’
    • ‘But last month, Beryl received a phone call from a woman in Southport who said she had found Toby: he was still wearing his dog tag and collar.’
    • ‘You should have an engraved metal dog tag on a metal chain which lists your full name and date of birth.’
    • ‘I got Sophie a dog collar and Charlie got her a dog tag.’
    • ‘Use the dog appliqué patterns and follow the General Appliqué Instructions to prepare the head, hair, muzzle, nose, collar and dog tag from the appropriate fabrics.’
    • ‘There was a glint of silver in her collar; a dog tag.’
    • ‘It read ‘Stewart, 1974’ and I suspect it must have been one of the dog tags for the huskies.’
    • ‘I was by the back fence when I caught something reflecting, maybe her eye or her dog tag.’
    • ‘This can be anything from a piece of paper with your telephone number, or a luggage tag bought to any one of the wide variety of dog tags available at your local pet shop;’
    • ‘Each copy also has a dog tag and doggie-snack (hence the name of the book) attached to the cover, to lure your lost pet home.’
    • ‘Metal dog tags really only give you space for a name and number.’
    • ‘I heard barking and the jingling of dog tags before my golden retriever, affectionately named Sparky, bounded down the hall and jumped up to greet me.’
    • ‘The dog might just possibly have had a collar on and there was something on it that occasionally glinted in the sun that just might have been a dog tag.’
    1. 1.1North American informal A soldier's metal identity tag.
      • ‘My hand drifts to my neck where the dog tag hangs, stating my name and rank as an officer and soldier of war.’
      • ‘He pulled his Army dog tags off, the ones he wore when he was in the Gulf, and placed them around my neck.’
      • ‘Some of the pilot's personal effects were also found including dog tags with his name.’
      • ‘‘People threw their medals or berets or release papers or dog tags or ribbons over the fence into a pile,’ he remembered.’
      • ‘The team loaded two wounded soldiers on to the helicopter and then the body of the driver, removing his dog tags before sealing the bag.’
      • ‘He is a Special Forces veteran, and with his chiseled GI-Joe face, dangling dog tags and cut physique he looks every bit the part.’
      • ‘An American businessman who had visited the regional military museum here in Dandong reported that he had seen a metal identification tag or dog tag.’
      • ‘My cousin's a navy SEAL, and I can prove that I'm a marine, just look at my dog tags.’
      • ‘He explained how he wears a set of dog tags on his boots - as recommended by Doc, the drill sergeant in Hamburger Hill - so that his corpse could be identified if decapitated.’
      • ‘I think there are practical things - that's why we have dog tags - that you need to take precautions, that any time you commit American forces, there may be casualties.’
      • ‘One resident displayed what appeared to be dog tags taken from one body.’
      • ‘Also, if in a deployed location, shouldn't one dog tag be around the neck and one on the boot?’
      • ‘The government recently contracted with four private companies to reinvent the dog tag, which has changed little since the armed forces made wearing them mandatory in 1913.’
      • ‘They have developed an identity medal that is fashioned after a military dog tag.’
      • ‘She was wearing a pair of army print cargoes, a plain army green tank, and a bracelet with a tiny pair of dog tags attached, just to keep with the theme.’
      • ‘I didn't know that they had found his dog tags, so it was very, very moving for me to get them, let me assure you.’
      • ‘In the interim, current ID cards and dog tags will be retained with Service Numbers.’
      • ‘He came to the Portland protest wearing his dead brother's combat boots and dog tags.’
      • ‘They give him a uniform, boots, socks, and a dog tag with his name on it.’
      • ‘He reached down into his collar, and pulled out his dog tags.’


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