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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of pye-dog.

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  • There was the sabre, three yards along - I leaped and snatched it from the wall, whirling to meet another furious cut, roaring to the Mongol to get on parade, and breaking ground as Sang came after me, frothing like a pi-dog.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • There was the sabre, three yards along — I leaped and snatched it from the wall, whirling to meet another furious cut, roaring to the Mongol to get on parade, and breaking ground as Sang came after me, frothing like a pi-dog.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • He looked round at us; by the time we came up, he was grinning like a pi-dog that scents meat.

    The Praise Singer

  • Ilderim couldn't die - he was indestructible, always had been, even as the boy I'd first met at Mogala years ago, one of those folk whose life is fairly bursting out of them; I had a vision of that grinning, bearded hawk-face of just a few hours ago - "No pi-dog of a mutineer will take me for anything but what I am!"

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Ilderim couldn't die — he was indestructible, always had been, even as the boy I'd first met at Mogala years ago, one of those folk whose life is fairly bursting out of them; I had a vision of that grinning, bearded hawk-face of just a few hours ago — "No pi-dog of a mutineer will take me for anything but what I am!"

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • He missed again, and yelled a curse, and the pi-dog suddenly turned almost beneath his hooves and leaped up at his foot.

    Flashman

  • Iqbal was still ahead of me, but I was only a couple of lengths behind when he made another thrust at the pi-dog, which was racing ahead of him, swerving and yelping.

    Flashman

  • Certainly it was a _very_ tough duck, but still, I do not think a pi-dog should he so fastidious.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • The only curious thing here was a pi-dog which refused to eat cold duck!

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • The cavalcade was increased during the afternoon by the addition to our numbers of a dog -- a distinctly ugly, red-haired native sort of dog, commonly called a pi-dog.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

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  • Said Bankim Ali, to his wage-master, that he would be glad to affect a total self-effacement and be gathered to his fathers. This he would achieve by banging his head against the rocks till he should die. Secondly, if desired by the capitalist overlord, Bankim Ali would be too willing, fact's, too happy, to offer his body to pi-dogs as annual surprise-meal and so depart...

    - G.V. Desani, All About H. Hatterr (1945), p. 230 of NYRB 2008 edition

    January 1, 2009