One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A servile follower, especially of a political system.‘the running dogs of capitalism’
assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchmanView synonyms
- ‘He has had it with the running dogs of the capitalist press.’
- ‘For decades, the party railed against people it called 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Make those rapacious arms dealers, those running dogs of capitalism, pay you some serious money.’
2A dog bred to run, especially for racing or pulling a sled.
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
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