American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who prevents others from enjoying what one has no use for oneself.
- n. One who denies others what he cannot use himself.
- n. someone who prevents you from enjoying something that they themselves have no need for
- From a fable about a dog preventing other animals from eating the hay in a manger, even though as a carnivore he could not eat it himself. (Wiktionary)
- From a fable in which a dog prevented an ox from eating hay he did not want himself. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sorry, no example sentences found.
These user-created lists contain the word ‘dog in the manger’.
As an ongoing part of my project, Dogs in Metaphor and Idiom, Illustrated, (www.metaphordogs.org) I am continually adding terms. If you know a term that fi...
hack someone off, scrape the bottom..., haul over the coals, rake over the coals, have a thin time, down one's alley, up one's alley, shoot the bull, bite the bullet, up the creek, cudgel one' brains, plain as a pikestaff and 156 more...
Looking for tweets for dog in the manger.