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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

meaner than a junkyard dog (with fourteen sucking pups)

Rur. cruel; eager to fight. Don't mess with her. She's meaner than a junkyard dog with fourteen sucking pups. They say Jim's meaner than a junkyard dog, but really, he's a sweetheart.
See also: dog, junkyard
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Final notices were also issued and the owners of tyre shops and junkyards were directed to take solid steps to remove stagnant water otherwise strict action would be taken.
The municipality had repeatedly announced plans to relocate the junkyard to city outskirts.
Souza said, is the lack of a definition for a junkyard or automobile graveyard.
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Salman Rafique has directed officers of the departments concerned, agencies to pay heed towards dengue surveillance in graveyards, junkyards, godowns and constructions sites for elimination of dengue breeding spots.
As part of the ongoing anti-dengue drive, the EPA inspected 6 tyre shops and 16 junkyards as these places could prove suitable sites for breeding of the lethal mosquito.
I love going to swap meets, junkyards, anything like that -- dumpster diving.
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The door has cherry wood stiles and rails with infill panels of pressed and seamed copper panels salvaged from local junkyards.
District Officer Environment Mian Mohammed Nawaz said EPA teams visited around 26 sites including 16 tyre shops, nine junkyards and a nursery for inspection and prevention of lethal dengue mosquito's possible brought-up in the summer season.
Imran Nazir proposed that registration of junkyards must be carried-out and without shed permission should not be granted for setting up a junkyard.
Sun Valley is a cesspool of garbage, junkyards, gravel pits and other equally undesirable industries because in the past community residents have been excluded from the decision-making process,'' she said.
Devine and DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett said that court action was necessary to ensure the hazardous material is removed quickly and properly from homes, buildings and junkyards in northern Illinois counties outside Chicago.
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