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be sold a pup

  (British informal)
to be tricked into buying something that is not worth anything I'm afraid you've been sold a pup there. You should always get an expert to look over a second-hand car before you buy it.
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beat the dummy

and beat the meat and beat one’s meat and beat the pup and choke the chicken and pound one’s meat and pull one’s pud and pull one’s wire and whip one’s wire and whip the dummy and yank one’s strap
tv. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) Are you going to sit around all day pulling your pud? We heard him in there “choking the chicken,” as the street crowd says.
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beat the pup

verb
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since Hector was a pup

A very long time ago. One explanation suggests that the expression might have become popular in the 1920s when many schoolboys studied Greek and had dogs named Hector after the Homeric hero. Another possibility is also rooted in classical studies: according to the playwright Euripides, Hector's mother, Hecuba, was turned into a dog for murdering the killer of her older son; therefore, Hector was the son of a dog, which made him a pup. In any event, the phrase is now obsolete.
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If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured - please keep a safe distance and call our 24-hour advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
You want pups with early exposure to fowl before you take them home at 10 weeks or older.
When you get high tides and strong winds, that causes a loss of a lot of pups.
22 blanks to provide pup with additional retrieves of roughly the same distance as before.
Bizarrely she returned a few minutes later and was heard to mumble something like, "I am going to keep this one," before retrieving one of the pups and driving off.
The owner rang us to say they had eight pups left out of 29 from accidental mating.
She is incredibly gentle and attentive and the pups alternate between frantic feeding and very deep sleep.
Milly's owners Lisa and Terry Elvins have admitted registering the pups with a kennel club was difficult because no one believed Milly had such a large litter and they had to produce a letter signed by a vet to prove it.
They aired concerns as four pups were released back into the sea after treatment at the centre near King's Lynn, Norfolk.
The decision on whether or not to remove pups depends on the growth habit of the bromeliad.
A PAIR of young greyhound pups have been stolen from their Hartlepool home.
It was the first day that four-week-old meerkat pups had left their burrow and gone foraging with their group of older meerkats.
The squatters were allowed to carry the pups outside and hand them over to a friend before being arrested.
SITTINGBOURNE trainer Sonja Spiers has come to the rescue of a litter of pups that needed a foster mum last week.
When the pups were born, the researchers took samples of cells from each baby's hypothalamus.