dogs of war


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dogs of war

1 the havoc accompanying military conflict. literary 2 mercenary soldiers.
This phrase is from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: ‘let slip the dogs of war’. The image is of hunting dogs being loosed from their leashes to pursue their prey.
2 1998 Times The good guys…may have broken the rules by employing dogs of war.
See also: dog, of, war