junkyard dog

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junkyard dog

An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." Though he's always polite when he's in public, Tim's husband is meaner than a junkyard dog behind closed doors. That standard poodle may look cute and fluffy, but it's a junkyard dog, you can be sure about that.
See also: dog, junkyard
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JUNK YARD DOG: Aaron Blatt gets down to work and, right, takes to the air
My favorite in this category is an early Handgunner article titled "Junk Yard Dog Loads" featuring handloaded .44 shot capsules filled with carpet tacks and finishing nails.
He was a junk yard dog of a boy; his anger brought his shoulders up and his head down.
The event featured former New York Knick power forward Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams as the game's referee and the Knicks public address announcer Mike "Wally" Walczewski as the voice of the game.
The junk yard dog: The German shepherd barked and tugged at its chain when Huntington first started going to the wrecking yard to search out hubcaps.
One officer described himself (pretty accurately, I thought) as "half man, half horse, and half alligator." Those instructors impressed me as fit, skillful, and "meaner than a junk yard dog." Elite forces are self sufficient; they fight at night; they are quiet; they are deadly--and now they are equipped with effective night-vision devices.
This character is the friendly pup that turns into the junk yard dog. There is not much you can do other than listen.
The six-foot, nine-inch forward was popularly known as 'Junk Yard Dog'.