American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small dog kept as a pet.
- n. Informal One eager to do another's bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor: "a bunch of intellectual lap dogs for anybody who holds a big job in government” ( Mike Barnicle).
- n. A small dog, kept as household pet, whose light weight and companionable temperament make it both suited and disposed to spend time resting in the comfort of its master's lap; a dog bred to behave in this manner.
- n. idiomatic, by extension A person who behaves in a servile manner, such as a sycophantic employee or a fawning lover.
“It was an affectation in Mr. Boyse to appear very fond of a little lap dog which he always carried about with him in his arms, imagining it gave him the air of a man of taste.”
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