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dog1 n Cp OED ~ sb 2 'male hound ... male fox'; DC ~ bear (1910-). ~ hood (1883-) for sense 1.
   1 Hunter's term for male animal, esp seal, usu with second specifying element: dog bear, ~ harp [see HARP], ~ hood [see HOOD], etc; cp BITCH.
   [1772] 1792 CARTWRIGHT i, 216 [I] saw the fresh tracks of three white-bears; a dog, a bitch, and her cub. [1778] ibid ii, 346 [I turned] to an enormous, old, dog bear which came out of some alder-bushes on my right and was walking slowly towards me, with his eyes fixed on the ground, and his nose not far from it. 1842 JUKES i, 314 If they can once kill the female [hooded-seal], they are sure of the rest, as the young one does not stir, and the dog will not go far from the spot. [1896] SWANSBOROUGH 33 "The Seal Fishery": ... for I am told / An 'old dog hood' is very bold, / That he will break the sealers bats. 1922 Sat Ev Post 195, 2 Sep, p. 10 It was a fat dog. It faced him, raised its head, flashed sharp teeth—sometimes such teeth work havoc on incautious hunters. 1936 SMITH 105 Some of the boys indulged rather too freely, and got top heavy, and the result was a running fight in the after hold, while they enjoyed the reward of their old dog harps. T 43/4--64 The dog hood an' bitch hood, they're the biggest an' the boldest, the dangerousest. T 141/68-652 An' I said, 'Was there a'r young one into her, Uncle Bill?' 'No, boy. No, boy. She was a dog [seal].' 1975 RUSSELL 54 Uncle Sol told Skipper Lige right to his face that he was uglier lookin' than an old dog hood.
   2 In designations of dog-drawn sleds: dog cat [see CAT(AMARAN)], ~ killer, ~ slide [see SLIDE n].
   [1900 OLIVER & BURKE] 46 Troops of men with their dog-cats—coming in from the outports... Those that had no dog and slide had runners on their boxes to pull them along. 1920 WALDO 158 Dog-cat is a dog-sledge. Cat is short for catamaran, which is not a sea-boat but a land-sledge, so that when you hear it said: 'He's taken his dog and his cat and gone to the woods' you may know that it means 'He's taken his dog and his sledge.' T 264-66 [Other people use sleds] with machines up forrard—they sit there. That's what we call 'dog-killers,' that sled. One man all the heavier up there sitting in that seat than three would be on the stern. P 167-67 We used the dog-cat when hauling the wood. 1931 BYRNES 72 It was customary for the people to bring firewood from the surrounding wooded country by dog slide during the winter. 1972 MURRAY 131 Lucky children ... had slides tailored to their size, especially for riding on. Others had to use 'dog slides' (bigger. heavier slides on which firewood was hauled).
   3 At the seal-hunt, gunner's assistant who carries the ammunition; also in phr go dog for: to accompany as a helper (1925 Dial Notes v, 332).
   1895 GRENFELL 161-2 Sometimes they work in pairs, one man shooting the seals, and his chum, who is called 'the dog,' following up, cutting off the tail from the dead seal to 'mark it,' and then gathering them in heaps, and putting up a pole with a flag or a piece of liver as a claim. 1922 Sat Ev Post 195, 2 Sep, p. 126 Dogs, by the way, are the riflemen's attendants, who carry cartridges in a canvas bag not slung over the shoulder. No, indeed! The cartridge bags are borne carefully in the hand, and there's a very good reason for that ... with the bag in your hand you can let go of it [if you fall between two ice pans], and so you can scramble out on the pan with nothing worse than a sea bath in a temperature of zero. 1924 ENGLAND 39 One time a 'dog,' or gunner's attendant, dropped a bag [of cartridges] and a lot went off; but as nobody happened to get shot, 'what odds?' 1972 SANGER 237 Dogs. Ordinary sealers who carried cartridges for the fore-gunners. 1978 Haulin' Rope & Gaff 5 These men were called 'dogs' and they were also required to cut off the tails of the seals shot by the gunner and bring them back to the captain as evidence of the kill.
   4 Proverb out dogs and in dieters: see DIETER.
   5 Comb dog hold: hatchway in a 'jack-boat' from which a man fishes.
   1975 BUTLER 55 Next to the aft part of the forecastle and in forward part of the fish hold there was two small hatchways about two feet by two feet square where the fishermen used to stand when fishing. These hatchways were called dog holds.
   dog pup: see WATER PUP, ~ WHELP.

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