Definition of bird dog in English:

bird dog

(also bird-dog)


  • 1A gun dog trained to retrieve birds.

    • ‘He is a great bird dog, and mouser, too, but not the most handsome dog ever.’
    • ‘‘I love running over Ripper the Bird Dog,’ I answered, referring to a sequence of events beginning with Aunt Pearl accidentally poisoning her husband's prize bird dog while trying to give the pesky poodle next door a ‘bitter pill.’’
    • ‘I was too busy working and training bird dogs to try to earn a living for my family to be concerned with who was in the gallery and what they did for a living.’
    • ‘And when it came to the specialized work of breeding and training the finest bird dogs in the country, only a Bullock County native would do.’
    • ‘The essence of versatility and intelligence, weimaraners have been used as bird dogs and water retrievers and have also been used on wolves, wild cats, deer, mountain lion and bear.’
    • ‘He is an active participant in shooting sports, hunting with bird dogs and retrievers, and he is an experienced fly fisherman.’
    • ‘Individuals who owned great bird dogs were widely respected, as were the handlers who trained them.’
    • ‘They looked like bird dogs, their eyes all fixed on the exact same spot in the middle distance.’
    • ‘Among Bullock County residents, owning a fine bird dog could build a man's reputation almost as quickly as inheriting large sums of money or land.’
    • ‘Mrs. Peacock exploded, leaning forward in her seat, her upturned nose reminding me strongly of a bird dog watching his master go in for the kill so they could go and fetch.’
    • ‘A bird dog controls birds on the course that otherwise pose a hazard to planes at a nearby airport.’
    • ‘Ergal the pointer was only a year old and he moved with a stylish grace that heralds the beginning of a great bird dog.’
    • ‘Still, it pains me that birds hit my house and that they risk encounters with my husband's bird dog (soft-mouthed though he is) and my daughter's cat, a rescued stray.’
    • ‘When James found her she was just some ratty bird dog on the side of some country back road.’
    • ‘If they're not, the bird dogs act as slobbering alarm clocks.’
    • ‘It's about selective hunting seasons, pest control, cutting the grass the right height, bird dogs, falconry, outsmarting coyotes, and tons more.’
    • ‘The German longhaired pointer owes its looks and temperament to several of the long-haired continental bird dogs, as well as the Irish and Gordon setters.’
    • ‘We've had three Labs and four Weimaraners of our own, all good bird dogs, and all of them led good lives, closely paralleling Ginger's.’
    • ‘He never tired of watching well-trained bird dogs search for quail, coming to an abrupt halt and freezing like granite statues.’
    • ‘Anyone who hunts with bird dogs would remark the similarity between his approach and a hunting dog's point.’
  • 2informal A talent scout.

    • ‘Whispers one bird dog who knows the lefty well: ‘He's a true Southerner, a NASCAR kinda guy, a big hunt-and-fish guy.’’
    • ‘One NFL bird dog tells the Spies he spent $350 on ducats-n-parking to watch every single Redskins training-camp practice.’
    • ‘When a player with talent comes along, it's open season for scouts, agents and the buscadores, or bird dogs, who act as go-betweens and collect finder's fees when they deliver a young player to a scout or an agent.’
    • ‘The bird-dog scouts -- the freelancing talent evaluators who scour the country's fields and streets for promising players in a kind of informal first stage of recruitment -- say many clubs agree to sign the players they bring them and then never come through.’
    • ‘Officials with the clubs in the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, say the bird-dog scouts, who typically get $200 to $400 per player they produce, often recycle players who have failed with one club and present them as untested and 16 to another club.’
    talent spotter, talent scout, recruiter


[with object]informal
  • Search out or pursue with dogged determination.

    ‘reporters bird-dogged the candidates for several weeks’
    • ‘Scouting young talent starts with a network of vendors, racing personnel, manufacturers, series managers and even media members who bird-dog potential candidates.’
    • ‘Powers doesn't disparage these lowly but mighty scriveners, writing that their greatest attributes are bird-dogging factual errors in the press, speaking in a vernacular, and having fun.’
    • ‘I'm going to wait until I've bird-dogged this one over time before I come to any conclusions.’
    • ‘Addendum, March 14, 2003: The New York Sun's Ira Stoll, who used to bird-dog the New York Times with his SmarterTimes Web site, writes to complain that the Sun did talk to somebody on Hersh's side - New Yorker editor David Remnick.’
    • ‘One day at the end of the school year, the Quartermaster section of the Base holds a picnic at an officially designated ‘NonAuthorized’ beach, and I watch the Colonel bird-dog my mother all afternoon.’
    • ‘In fact, Halyburton can come to a complete stop in only two lengths of the ship, all maneuvering characteristics which are useful when the vessels you're trying to catch are typically no bigger than the helicopter bird-dogging it.’
    • ‘In a sense, ironic circumstances seem to be still bird-dogging the Klitschko brothers whether these fluent linguists are speaking English, German, Russian or Ukrainian.’
    • ‘Trusted charge Sir Lancelot turns out to be bird-dogging his lady; everyone else kept in line.’
    • ‘In May 2005, after a law professor bird-dogged the case for three years, the 60-year-old Allen walked out of the Orange Correctional Center, a stooped and bitter symbol of a miscarriage of justice.’
    • ‘Aside from just being tired of seeing you bird-dog her every chance you get, the fact that you conned her into keeping things from me under the pretext of ‘helping’ you was all I could take.’
    • ‘All the same, it certainly merits bird-dogging, if for no other reason than the IRS should be held accountable for the timing and veracity of its claims against the NAACP.’
    • ‘Nobody would admit to bird-dogging if caught, but nobody would be truthful if he flat denied ever doing it.’
    • ‘That's $119.88 a year David would be asked to pay to have Intersections keep an eye on his creditworthiness and card usage, and bird-dog for signs of possible fraud.’
    • ‘I bird-dogged all four of the major presidential candidates during the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, a state where the level of access to such politicians is unbelievably high.’
    • ‘I probably bird-dogged most of the time.’


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