Attack dog



a dog trained to attack on command, as for protection or to aid in the apprehension of criminals.
Contemporary Examples

Get ready for new Florida Senator Marco Rubio to be playing the role of GOP attack dog come summer of 2012.
Freshmen Hit the Hill Samuel P. Jacobs January 3, 2011

Gone was Gingrich the attack dog, replaced instead by Gingrich the enthusiastic, vigorously nodding wing man.
Republican Debate: Newt Gingrich Rolls Over, Plays Dead Michelle Cottle February 22, 2012

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    to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with: He attacked him with his bare hands. to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against: to attack the enemy. to blame or abuse violently or bitterly. to direct unfavorable criticism against; criticize severely; argue with strongly: […]

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