from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small dog kept as a pet.
- noun Informal One eager to do another's bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor.
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- noun A small dog, kept as
household pet, whose light weightand companionable temperamentmake it both suited and disposedto spend time resting in the comfort of its master's lap; a dog bredto behave in this manner.
- noun idiomatic, by extension A person who behaves in a
servilemanner, such as a sycophanticemployee or a fawninglover.
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