Definition of attack dog in English:

attack dog


  • 1A dog trained to attack on command and kept for this purpose.

    ‘They have not had electrodes attached to their genitals or been set on by attack dogs.’
    • ‘The police then charged the picket line with attack dogs.’
    • ‘A German shepherd attack dog also made the trip from Angola.’
    • ‘One of the most hated abuses by York police was the use of attack dogs.’
    • ‘Others are shackled in stress positions for hours, held in isolation for months, and threatened with attack dogs.’
    • ‘His signature will be the black balaclava and the attack dogs.’
    • ‘But his guards trust their longtime charge to roam the prison and tend to attack dogs.’
    • ‘Neighborhood watch teams, alarm systems, and attack dogs were now the norm.’
    • ‘An angry standoff ensued, until police unleashed their attack dogs, injuring several workers.’
    • ‘He disliked dogs, and attack dogs most of all.’
    • ‘In Egypt, riot police used water cannons and attack dogs to keep anti-war demonstrators away from the US embassy.’
    • ‘Attack dogs barked furiously behind bolted doors.’
    • ‘And a lawyer who phoned said that he needed an attack dog to fend off some of his previous clients.’
    • ‘But using attack dogs on those young demonstrators seems too extreme.’
    • ‘Equipped with an arsenal of weapons and a pack of highly trained attack dogs, a ruthless hunter begins to stalk the boys, one by one.’
    • ‘These black attack dogs are well fed.’
    • ‘More than 30,000 heavily armed troops and police backed by light tanks, armoured vehicles, water cannon, horses and attack dogs were deployed around the capital.’
    • ‘As journalists were hurriedly shepherded back onto buses, policemen with large attack dogs threatened the women.’
    • ‘The police have been equipped with water cannon, attack dogs, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullet guns.’
    1. 1.1A person who is very aggressive in defense or support of someone or something.
      ‘he is their attack dog, widely-known for his unscrupulous attitude toward those viewed as enemies’
      • ‘Instead, both have looked like opportunistic attack dogs.’
      • ‘Instead she has now been firmly assigned to the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate: attack dog.’
      • ‘I had no idea he was going to be a little attack dog.’
      • ‘You also want your vice president to take on the role of attack dog during the campaign.’
      • ‘The president sends out his attack dog often.’
      • ‘He is the attack dog for the hawks in the war cabinet.’
      • ‘But curiously the paper contains not a whisper of complaint from Peter or his fellow attack dogs.’
      • ‘And, finally, Hillary Clinton is just a great sort of attack dog in many ways.’
      • ‘I wish Brooks could figure out from week to week if he wants to be an attack dog or smarmy.’
      • ‘Edwards, looking - if possible - even younger than usual, answered Democratic naysayers by perfectly filling the role of attack dog.’
      • ‘Their activists are the new attack dogs.’
      • ‘Are they going to become an attack dog or a watchdog press corps?’
      • ‘He scored at a career-high pace, but more importantly, Jackson turned Bryant into an attack dog on defense in the Scottie Pippen mold.’
      • ‘But are news outlets simply afraid of unleashing their investigative attack dogs in case legal action and harassment will follow?’
      • ‘He is a natural "attack dog" and an astute deployer of facts and figures to put the Government in a bad light.’
      • ‘Unleash the attack dogs of intellectual war.’
      • ‘The vice president is becoming an attack dog, on a personal level, which should be beneath him but evidently is not.’
      • ‘We also need to figure out how we can become cohesive units within our own party rather than a disoraganized swarm of attack dogs.’
      • ‘"I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with the administration's chief attack dog," he said.’
      persecutor, oppressor, tyrant, tormentor, browbeater, intimidator, coercer, subjugator, crybully