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1. verb To judge or criticize someone for something. Why are you dogging me about this? It's really not a big deal.
2. verb To follow or pursue someone. You've been dogging me since I left the gas station—what's your deal, man?
3. verb To persistently trouble someone. I really think she should see a therapist if memories of the accident keep dogging her like that.
4. noun Something of poor quality. That movie was a real dog—I left before it was over.
5. noun An unattractive or unappealing female. I'm not asking that girl out—she's a real dog!
6. noun, slang The phone. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "dog" is short for "dog and bone," which rhymes with "phone." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Is that the dog? Can someone answer it? My sister has been blabbing on the dog for hours every night ever since she got a boyfriend. It's so annoying.
1. To be lazy; to loaf or shirk duty; to fail to put forth the effort necessary to achieve or accomplish something. Jim became totally disheartened after losing his job and has been dogging it around the house for the past month. I hate my job, so I just dog it in the office until it's time to go home. I once had dreams of going to med school, but I dogged it during my last two years in college and can't get in anywhere now.
2. To renege on, back out of, hastily leave, or flee from something. I'm afraid the company dogged it from the deal at the last minute. We dogged it out of there once we heard the sirens blaring.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. Do less than is required; loaf or shirk. For example, I'm afraid our donors are dogging it this year. This expression originated in sports and soon was transferred to other endeavors. [Slang; c. 1900]
2. Move slowly, as in We just dogged it along from California to Oregon.
3. Run away, as in Let's dog it out of here right now. This usage originated in American underworld slang in the 1920s, where it meant "to back down in cowardly fashion," and acquired its present sense about 1930.
4. Same as put on the dog.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.