bedog

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Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ dog.

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bedog (third-person singular simple present bedogs, present participle bedogging, simple past and past participle bedogged)

  1. (transitive) to refer to or treat like a dog; (by extension) to follow like a dog, harass, torment; bully
    • 1892, The Humourist:
      Bedogging this poor singer, that bebitching, Uniting too a host of damning “Pshas,” And reaped a plenteous harvest of applause; [...]
    • 1998, Rollo May, Power and Innocence: A Search for the Sources of Violence:
      But the girls at high school had always called him the "little shrimp" (which he had been), and this still bedogged him.
    • 2007, Chi-thinking: Chiasmus and Cognition:
      [...] to discover they have bedogged us and were there, at our backs, all along. When catching hold of us again, which is really our re-registering of their vigilance, these contrarians are up and at the bullying they excel in.
    • 2010, Doreen Alexander Child, Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of an Original Mind:
      Just as Scottie has a haunted quality, Kaufman's Joel Barish is bedogged by the past as well.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, now rare) to become or behave as a dog
    • 1878, EDWARD JOHN TRELAWNY, RECORDS OF SHELLEY, BYRON, AND THE AUTHOR:
      That envy, malice, and hatred bedogged his steps, snarling and snapping, is true, but neither his power nor popularity had declined, nor did he think so.
    • 2015, H Allen Smith, Lost in the Horse Latitudes:
      So they went to sleep like a pair of chain gangers, and bedogged if during the night Rose didn't get up and start for the bathroom, and down she went.

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