Definition of lapdog in English:

lapdog

noun

  • 1A small pampered pet dog.

    • ‘It was at the Berteliére that I observed lapdogs at every table and decided to take Gregory into the dining room - telling him he was far too big to sit on my lap and would have to make himself as inconspicuous as possible.’
    • ‘Fluffy white lapdogs, of the sort seen in the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, seem to have been the most popular.’
    • ‘Hey, Britney… what are you going to call your little lapdog?’
    • ‘St Tropez conjures up images of topless beaches, the super-rich and their lapdogs, luxury yachts, blondes, leathery millionaire playboys and champagne-soaked debauchery.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that in the canine afterlife, Maltese poodles are the lapdogs that inhabit level nine of Dante's vision of hell.’
    • ‘This is a world of lace, lapdogs, knee-breeches trimmed with silk ribbons, rich textures, glowing colour and shadows pregnant with meaning.’
    1. 1.1A person or organization which is influenced or controlled by another.
      ‘the government and its media lapdogs’
      • ‘I guess he wouldn't be able to work anywhere else, unless the media outlet needs a lapdog.’
      • ‘I was precise; she and most of her media lapdogs were not.’
      • ‘That's why I'll be watching closely to see how the lapdogs of the American media react to this story.’
      • ‘The lapdogs of the controlled press even have to take the time to waste column space ‘refuting’ what is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone.’
      • ‘With all the talk we hear constantly about the ‘liberal’ media, the truth is that the media generally acts as a lapdog and bullhorn for the government.’
      • ‘And so being a lapdog to the United States, or as he says deputy sheriff to the United States I think is an outrageous concept.’
      • ‘The Greens seem to think that Australia actually spending money on defense (unlike some pacific nations I could think of) makes them American lapdogs.’
      • ‘Like lapdogs, most of the country's tabloid press fell into line.’
      • ‘Even earlier in the day he was chasing people up on leave forecasts - being the lapdog for Gavin even though he keeps telling all and sundry that he despises him.’
      • ‘The inference was that Japan needed to be a lapdog.’
      • ‘I predict this is where you will get the lapdog of big business (yes, government) interfering.’
      • ‘Prof. Mahmood rightly observes that the commission can either be a lapdog of the government of the day or the watchdog of the rights of the underprivileged.’
      • ‘In other words, the so-called ethics watchdog was clearly always a lapdog.’
      • ‘How can the Minister assure us that that board will be well representative of the profession, and that its members will not simply be the Government's lapdogs.’
      • ‘There will be no more political lapdogs subsumed by the larger party, but a mutually beneficial arrangement that serves the nation's interests.’
      • ‘I challenge those parties in the House who have come to the Chamber, like lapdogs for the Labour Government, to try to say they support this bill.’
      • ‘They will be faithful little lapdogs to their appointing masters.’
      • ‘Will its members just be lapdogs, or withdraw their support for, and confidence in, the Labour Government?’

Pronunciation

lapdog

/ˈlapdɒɡ/