American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dog, such as a mastiff, kept chained as a watchdog or because of its ferocious aggressiveness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large, fierce kind of dog, in England generally a mastiff, usually kept chained.
- n. A dog that has been tied up; a mastiff or other kind of guard dog.
- n. Specifically, a type of large, ferocious dog bred by crossing American pit bull terriers with Neapolitan mastiffs.
- n. obsolete, slang, cant A bailiff or prison guard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mastiff or other large and fierce dog, usually kept chained or tied up.
- From band + dog. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English band-dogge : band, leash, chain; see band1 + dogge, dog; see dog. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The camp and all Christendom shall see that I know how to right myself, and whether I yield ground one inch to the English bandog. —”
“Each breed has its own distinct personality, and an independent breed like the dal will require stricter training than the disciplined bandog.”
“This is why I believe there is quite a bit of difference between affenpinscher training and bandog training.”
“The horsemen spreading themselves along the side of the cover, waited until the keeper entered, leading his bandog, a large blood-hound tied in a leam or band, from which he takes his name.”
“Toil on, labour like a very bandog and let scholarment and all Malthusiasts go hang.”
“Toil on, labour like a very bandog and let scholarment and all”
“But now I put thee out of door and set the bandog to guard it; thou art locked out though the door be wide open, seest thou?”
“But all the rest heretofore remembered in this chapter there is none more ugly and odious in sight, cruel and fierce in deed, nor untractable in hand, than that which is begotten between the bear and the bandog.”
“He lived to know that the fulsome adulation of the pitiable bishops whom he had consecrated to serve his own ends could not drown one howl of the conscience which he had transformed into a bandog within him.”
“The camp, and all Christendom, shall see that I know how to right myself, and whether I yield ground one inch to the English bandog.”
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