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A dog of a dwarf breed like a bulldog with a broad flat nose and deeply wrinkled face.
- ‘As much as they enjoy walking Jack Russells and pugs through a neighbourhood with a taste of history, they also realize that this flavour is a commodity which inflates the value of their condos.’
- ‘With such strong words, it's no wonder that the mascot on the group's website is a mischievous little pug dog who's ready to lay down the law.’
- ‘Crossing a pug with a Pekingese, for example, could produce disastrous consequences.’
- ‘While the children were delighted by the presence of the smaller breeds like pugs and miniature pinscher, the body language of the grown-ups revealed a liking towards bigger breeds like great Danes and German shepherds.’
- ‘How did wolves transform into today's greyhounds, pugs, and Yorkies?’
- ‘We should cherish these glimpses of her as it won't be long before she goes to ground again, squirrelling away in her Manhattan apartment or the Virginia bolt-hole she shares with two pugs and a Boston terrier.’
- ‘The pug was the Dutch national dog, and soon it became a national sensation in England.’
- ‘Surely a pug is no match for the loyalty of a spaniel?’
- ‘Elsewhere in the house a rather ugly pug dog, a Masonic symbol, is painted on a ceiling.’
- ‘Raven had long, greasy mouse-brown hair and a nose like a pug.’
- ‘The pug's miniaturized ‘bulldog’ lineaments rendered it not just fashionable in the late eighteenth century but - at a period of war with France - patriotic.’
- ‘From the smallest pug breed to the tallest Great Dane weighing over 20 kg, there were about 35 breeds.’
- ‘The girls see an ugly little dog, you know the ugly little pug dog, right?’
- ‘Maybe my experience with bringing other dogs into the house with our first pug will help you.’
- ‘We kept a pug and a little Pomeranian and a Maltese, and gave my parents a little poodle.’
- ‘As secretary of the Pugalug Club, a group almost 500 strong throughout Ontario devoted to the health and well being of the pug dog breed, I can't help but feel a need to respond to your article, ‘Good, bad and Pugly’.’
- ‘This couple was waiting to board the plane with their dog, a pug, who they had slung on the woman's chest in a baby carrier.’
- ‘The woman goes inside and comes back with a pug dog wheezing on the end of a red leash.’
- ‘Now Charles has a potential doppelgänger on this side of the Atlantic: a cute, mischievous little pug dog named Pugly.’
- ‘Others claim the bulldog resulted from the crosses between mastiffs and Dutch pug dogs.’
Mid 18th century: perhaps of Low German origin.
1usually as adjective puggedPrepare (clay) by working into a soft condition, typically in a machine with rotating blades.
- ‘He had erected ‘a more substantial building of logs, pugged with clay’.’
- ‘If we mix a fresh batch of clay from dry materials, whether it is pugged or wedged right afterwards it is still short.’
- ‘The stiffness of the pugged clay will, of course, depend entirely upon the subsequent method of manufacture.’
2usually as noun puggingPack (a space, typically the space under a floor) with pug, sawdust, or other material in order to deaden sound.
- ‘The heavy (2.5kN / [m.sup.2]) roof of lead sheet pugging, membrane and oak ceiling boards, is supported by a composite truss of white American oak rafters, stainless-steel tie-rods and intermediate circular posts.’
Loam or clay mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition without air pockets for making bricks or pottery.
- ‘On either side of this wall, ‘pug’ clay was being rammed.’
- ‘The soil at Ilam is a heavy clay which is slightly acid, and is known as Ilam pug.’
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
- ‘The boxer has always included a diet of pugs and lower level fighters among his opponents.’
- ‘Because no one outside the insular world of boxing can name one pug that he has under contract.’
- ‘Boxing drills aren't just for pugs anymore - they'll jump-start your fitness for mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and more.’
- ‘Holyfield's boxing licence was removed but old pugs never seem to learn, and he wants to fight again.’
The footprint of an animal.as modifier ‘I saw the pug marks of the tigress in the soft earth’
- ‘I saw pug marks, droppings, I even heard them roar, but for four days I did not see a single lion.’
- ‘I might have read a lot about the tiger, but may not be able to recognise its pug marks if I am left in a jungle.’
- ‘On spotting the pug marks of a tigress and three cubs, a cub walked into the booby trap laid by officials in the Nature Park opened opposite the zoo in September 2003.’
Track (an animal) by its footprints.
- ‘Grazing, pugging (hoof prints left in the mud) and wallowing by buffaloes previously prevented these plants from dominating or even establishing.’
- ‘Since riparian areas are often wetter than the surrounding fields, they are most susceptible to trampling, soil compaction, and pugging.’
Mid 19th century: abbreviation of pugilist<br>mid 19th century: from Hindi pag ‘footprint’.
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