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bandog (plural bandogs)
- (archaic) A dog that has been tied up; a mastiff or other kind of guard dog.
- 1808, Joseph Strutt; [Walter Scott], “Section [IX]. Chapter II.”, in [Walter Scott], editor, Queenhoo-Hall, a Romance: And Ancient Times, a Drama. […], volume IV, Edinburgh: […] [James Ballantyne & Co.] for John Murray, […]; and Archibald Constable & Co. […], OCLC 23444103, pages 48–49:
- The horsemen spreading themselves along the side of the cover, waited untill the keeper entered, leading his ban-dog; a large blood-hound tied in a leam or band, from which he takes his name.
- 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
- Patriots may smile; and, using him [ Jean-Paul Marat ] as bandog now to be muzzled, now to be let bark....
- 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 934:
- The guns on the fortress responded, but the small calibre made them sound as if they were yapping like bandogs while the bombers bayed and gave tongue like hounds in cry.
- (specifically) A type of large, ferocious dog, bred by crossing American pit bull terriers with Neapolitan mastiffs.
- (figuratively, literary) Anything that behaves like a bandog; something or someone who pursues doggedly.
- 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 89:
- He escaped from that experience confounded, horrified, and conscious of degradation. Those infernal bandogs of the law had treated him as a piece of insensate property to their drivelling mumbo-jumbo, as if mere contact with it had robbed him of all rights to the dignity and integrity of his own ego.
- (obsolete, slang, cant) A bailiff or prison guard.
guard dog — see guard dog
American pit bull terrior and Neapolitan mastiff cross