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  • As you may not have had an opportunity of forming a judgment of this cry of ` mad dog 'which has been raised against his doctrines, I will give you the idea I have formed from only an hour's reading of Barruel's quotations from him, which you may be sure are not the most favorable.

    Letters

  • The mad dog whirled a half airspring, came down on his back, then, with a single leap, covered half the distance between himself and

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • … Joe Carrick, the vicious leader of the gang of footpads, had terrified her too, in the same way that a mad dog would, but at least she had the measure of him.

    THE TIME QUAKE

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  • Someone who is fighting mad, perhaps a crazed fighter who has no thought for his own health and well being.

    Dogs engaged in attack can indeed exhibit this kind of no-holds-barred viciousness, so perhaps it is apt. George Orwell classes this term, along with others “peculiar to Marxist writing.�? He included “lackey�? and “petty bourgeois�? in this category. (Orwell, George. 1946. Politics and the English Language. In In Front of Your Nose, 1945-1950, edited by I. S. O. Angus. Boston: David R Godine.)

    July 11, 2009