have a dog in the fight

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have a dog in the fight

To have some vested interest in or something to gain by a given situation. Often used in negative constructions. A: "Are you going to watch the big game tonight?" B: "Nah, my team's not playing, so I don't have a dog in the fight." A lot of people think the tax proposal only affects large multinational corporations, but many small business owners will end up having a dog in the fight. You don't have a dog in the fight, so why do you care about the outcome of this lawsuit?
See also: dog, fight, have
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