Definition of running dog in English:

running dog

noun

  • 1informal A servile follower, especially of a political system.

    ‘the running dogs of capitalism’
    • ‘Gone are the days when China's media would issue stern warnings against Western habits imported by the running dogs of capitalism.’
    • ‘For decades, the party railed against people it called running dogs of capitalism.’
    • ‘Make those rapacious arms dealers, those running dogs of capitalism, pay you some serious money.’
    • ‘He has had it with the running dogs of the capitalist press.’
    • ‘Anyway, you're not doing anyone any good being out of work, even if your old boss is a running dog lackey of the bourgeoisie.’
    assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchman
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  • 2A dog bred to run, especially for racing or pulling a sled.

    • ‘A good running dog will ‘pull’ you along at a faster clip than you might be able to manage without it, giving you a better workout.’
    • ‘The working Border Collie is a lean, low-fat running dog like the sighthound breeds, which may account for this problem.’
    • ‘The greater water turnover of running dogs may be attributable to higher respiratory and renal water losses than occur in sedentary dogs.’
    • ‘Because if you're a running dog like a Greyhound you have huge muscles in your pelvis and you've got to have thin legs or you'll never move them, just like a racehorse has to have thin legs.’
    • ‘If fast running dogs such as greyhounds or lurchers were used to hunt foxes, the whole thing would be over in seconds, but then there would be no ‘sport’.’

Pronunciation

running dog