look for a dog to kick

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Referring to the tendency some people have to vent their frustrations on things which appear to be unable to defend themselves, such as dogs.

Verb[edit]

look for a dog to kick (third-person singular simple present looks for a dog to kick, present participle looking for a dog to kick, simple past and past participle looked for a dog to kick)

  1. (idiomatic) To seek someone or something to blame.

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