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  • Then spake Conchobar, "Let the dûn be opened for the ban-dog, that he may guard the cantred."

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • The dog-chain is taken off the ban-dog, and he makes a swift round of the cantred.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • The dash of these men’s oars at first, and latterly the suppressed sounds of their voices, had excited the wrath of the wakeful sentinel in the courtyard, who now exalted his deep voice into such a horrid and continuous din, that it awakened his brute master, as savage a ban-dog as himself.

    Chapter XLVIII

  • The horsemen, spreading themselves along the side of the cover, waited until the keeper entered, leading his ban-dog, a large blood-hound, tied in a leam or band, from which he takes his name.

    The Waverley

  • Through fear of a Satan of the future, -- a sort of ban-dog of priestcraft, held in its leash and ready to be let loose upon the disputers of its authority, -- our toiling brothers of past ages have permitted their human taskmasters to convert

    The Conflict with Slavery and Others, Complete, Volume VII, The Works of Whittier: the Conflict with Slavery, Politics and Reform, the Inner Life and Criticism

  • The tanner had a large ban-dog for watching his yard, which, from some unknown cause, had conceived such an inveterate hatred to the farmer, that he could not go with safety to call on his friend when the dog was loose, and on this account the tanner loaded him with a heavy clog, that he might not be able to fly at him.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • The horsemen, spreading themselves along the side of the cover, waited until the keeper entered, leading his ban-dog, a large blood-hound tied in a learn or band, from which he takes his name.

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • 'Tis the black ban-dog of our jail -- Pray look on him,

    Peveril of the Peak

  • The dash of these men's oars at first, and latterly the suppressed sounds of their voices, had excited the wrath of the wakeful sentinel in the courtyard, who now exalted his deep voice into such a horrid and continuous din that it awakened his brute master, as savage a ban-dog as himself.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • They are a sort of manumitted slaves of Austria, and like a ban-dog, whose chain is broken, they avail themselves of their liberty to annoy and rend whatever comes in their way.”

    Anne of Geierstein

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  • Bewick's illustration looks like a dog of indeterminate breed.

    August 26, 2008