Definition of bird dog in US English:

bird dog

noun

North American
  • 1A gun dog trained to retrieve birds.

    • ‘And when it came to the specialized work of breeding and training the finest bird dogs in the country, only a Bullock County native would do.’
    • ‘We've had three Labs and four Weimaraners of our own, all good bird dogs, and all of them led good lives, closely paralleling Ginger's.’
    • ‘Still, it pains me that birds hit my house and that they risk encounters with my husband's bird dog (soft-mouthed though he is) and my daughter's cat, a rescued stray.’
    • ‘I was too busy working and training bird dogs to try to earn a living for my family to be concerned with who was in the gallery and what they did for a living.’
    • ‘Among Bullock County residents, owning a fine bird dog could build a man's reputation almost as quickly as inheriting large sums of money or land.’
    • ‘When James found her she was just some ratty bird dog on the side of some country back road.’
    • ‘Mrs. Peacock exploded, leaning forward in her seat, her upturned nose reminding me strongly of a bird dog watching his master go in for the kill so they could go and fetch.’
    • ‘Individuals who owned great bird dogs were widely respected, as were the handlers who trained them.’
    • ‘‘I love running over Ripper the Bird Dog,’ I answered, referring to a sequence of events beginning with Aunt Pearl accidentally poisoning her husband's prize bird dog while trying to give the pesky poodle next door a ‘bitter pill.’’
    • ‘It's about selective hunting seasons, pest control, cutting the grass the right height, bird dogs, falconry, outsmarting coyotes, and tons more.’
    • ‘They looked like bird dogs, their eyes all fixed on the exact same spot in the middle distance.’
    • ‘He is a great bird dog, and mouser, too, but not the most handsome dog ever.’
    • ‘A bird dog controls birds on the course that otherwise pose a hazard to planes at a nearby airport.’
    • ‘The German longhaired pointer owes its looks and temperament to several of the long-haired continental bird dogs, as well as the Irish and Gordon setters.’
    • ‘Anyone who hunts with bird dogs would remark the similarity between his approach and a hunting dog's point.’
    • ‘He is an active participant in shooting sports, hunting with bird dogs and retrievers, and he is an experienced fly fisherman.’
    • ‘If they're not, the bird dogs act as slobbering alarm clocks.’
    • ‘Ergal the pointer was only a year old and he moved with a stylish grace that heralds the beginning of a great bird dog.’
    • ‘He never tired of watching well-trained bird dogs search for quail, coming to an abrupt halt and freezing like granite statues.’
    • ‘The essence of versatility and intelligence, weimaraners have been used as bird dogs and water retrievers and have also been used on wolves, wild cats, deer, mountain lion and bear.’
    1. 1.1informal A person whose job involves searching, especially a talent scout for a sports team.
      • ‘When a player with talent comes along, it's open season for scouts, agents and the buscadores, or bird dogs, who act as go-betweens and collect finder's fees when they deliver a young player to a scout or an agent.’
      • ‘Officials with the clubs in the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, say the bird-dog scouts, who typically get $200 to $400 per player they produce, often recycle players who have failed with one club and present them as untested and 16 to another club.’
      • ‘The bird-dog scouts -- the freelancing talent evaluators who scour the country's fields and streets for promising players in a kind of informal first stage of recruitment -- say many clubs agree to sign the players they bring them and then never come through.’
      • ‘Whispers one bird dog who knows the lefty well: ‘He's a true Southerner, a NASCAR kinda guy, a big hunt-and-fish guy.’’
      • ‘One NFL bird dog tells the Spies he spent $350 on ducats-n-parking to watch every single Redskins training-camp practice.’
      talent spotter, talent scout, recruiter
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verb

[with object]North American
informal
  • Search out or pursue with dogged determination.

    ‘he ordered the vice president to bird-dog Congress for funds’
    • ‘I probably bird-dogged most of the time.’
    • ‘Addendum, March 14, 2003: The New York Sun's Ira Stoll, who used to bird-dog the New York Times with his SmarterTimes Web site, writes to complain that the Sun did talk to somebody on Hersh's side - New Yorker editor David Remnick.’
    • ‘In a sense, ironic circumstances seem to be still bird-dogging the Klitschko brothers whether these fluent linguists are speaking English, German, Russian or Ukrainian.’
    • ‘That's $119.88 a year David would be asked to pay to have Intersections keep an eye on his creditworthiness and card usage, and bird-dog for signs of possible fraud.’
    • ‘All the same, it certainly merits bird-dogging, if for no other reason than the IRS should be held accountable for the timing and veracity of its claims against the NAACP.’
    • ‘I bird-dogged all four of the major presidential candidates during the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, a state where the level of access to such politicians is unbelievably high.’
    • ‘One day at the end of the school year, the Quartermaster section of the Base holds a picnic at an officially designated ‘NonAuthorized’ beach, and I watch the Colonel bird-dog my mother all afternoon.’
    • ‘Trusted charge Sir Lancelot turns out to be bird-dogging his lady; everyone else kept in line.’
    • ‘Nobody would admit to bird-dogging if caught, but nobody would be truthful if he flat denied ever doing it.’
    • ‘I'm going to wait until I've bird-dogged this one over time before I come to any conclusions.’
    • ‘Scouting young talent starts with a network of vendors, racing personnel, manufacturers, series managers and even media members who bird-dog potential candidates.’
    • ‘In fact, Halyburton can come to a complete stop in only two lengths of the ship, all maneuvering characteristics which are useful when the vessels you're trying to catch are typically no bigger than the helicopter bird-dogging it.’
    • ‘Aside from just being tired of seeing you bird-dog her every chance you get, the fact that you conned her into keeping things from me under the pretext of ‘helping’ you was all I could take.’
    • ‘Powers doesn't disparage these lowly but mighty scriveners, writing that their greatest attributes are bird-dogging factual errors in the press, speaking in a vernacular, and having fun.’
    • ‘In May 2005, after a law professor bird-dogged the case for three years, the 60-year-old Allen walked out of the Orange Correctional Center, a stooped and bitter symbol of a miscarriage of justice.’

Pronunciation

bird dog

/ˈbərd ˈˌdôɡ//ˈbərd ˈˌdɔɡ/