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Dog, subst. 1) the domestic animal belonging to the genus Canis: Ven. 240. Lucr. 736. Pilgr. 273 “(curtal d.).” Tp. II, 2, 144. Gentl. II, 3, 6. II, 5, 36. IV, 2, 78. Wiv. I, 1, 96. Wiv. I, 1, 96 II, 1, 114 “(a curtal d.).” III, 5, 8. Err. III, 2, 151 “(curtal d.).” V, 70. Mids. II, 1, 210. V, 136. Merch. IV, 1, 91. Mcb. III, 1, 95. Lr. III, 4, 96 etc. etc. “has no more pity in him than a d.” Gentl. II, 3, 12. “they called us for our fierceness English --s,” H6A I, 5, 25. “he's a very d. to the commonalty,” Cor. I, 1, 28 (i. e. unfeeling, cruel). “that bloody mind, I think, they learned of me, as true a d. as ever fought at head,” Tit. V, 1, 102. (cf. Dogged, Dog-hearted). “let slip the --s of war,” Caes. III, 1, 273 (i. e. famine, sword and fire; cf. Caes. III, 1, 273). Proverbial phrases: “you'll lie like dogs,” Tp. III, 2, 22 (quibbling). “thus I would teach a d.” Gentl. IV, 4, 7. “he shall not have a stone to throw at his d.” Wiv. I, 4, 119. cf. As I, 3, 3. Mcb. V, 3, 47. Oth. IV, 1, 147. “let no d. bark,” Merch. I, 1, 94 (== all be silent). “to be, as it were, a d. at all things,” Gentl. IV, 4, 14 (== to be well versed in all things); cf. “I am d. at a catch,” Tw. II, 3, 64. “I'ld beat him like a d.” Tw. II, 3, 154. H4A III, 3, 101. Cor. IV, 5, 57. “a staff is quickly found to beat a d.” H6B III, 1, 171. “as dank as a d.” H4A II, 1, 10. “--s must eat,” Cor. I, 1, 210. “blush like a black d.” Tit. V, 1, 122. “with an R. Ah, mocker! that's the --'s name,” Rom. II, 4, 223 (Ben Jonson: “R is the dog's letter and hurreth in the sound). dog will have his day,” Hml. V, 1, 315. “flattered me like a d.” Lr. IV, 6, 98.
2) a term of reproach: Tp. I, 1, 44. Mids. III, 2, 65. Merch. I, 3, 112. II, 8, 14 “(the d. Jew).” IV, 1, 128. As I, 1, 86. R2 V, 5, 70 “(sad d.).” H6A I, 2, 23. R3 I, 2, 39. IV, 3, 6 and V, 5, 2 “(bloody d.).” Tit. V, 3, 14 “(inhuman d.).” Rom. I, 1, 9. Oth. V, 1, 62 “(inhuman d.).” V, 2, 361 (Spartan d.), etc. etc. The Cynic Apemantus often called so in Tim. II, 2, 50. Tim. II, 2, 50 IV, 3, 251 etc.
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