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any dog, as a mastiff or bloodhound, kept tied or chained.
Historical Examples

bandog, ban′dog, n. a dog tied up as a watch-dog, or because of its ferocity.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Mastin, a mastiue or bandog; a great country curre; also a rude, filthie, currish or cruell fellow.
The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward

In the neighbourhood of this ton or dun of Elbo there are persistent traditions of a spectral hound or bandog.
Archaic England Harold Bayley

But now I put thee out of door and set the bandog to guard it; thou art locked out though the door be wide open, seest thou?
Days of the Discoverers L. Lamprey

Had you been bitten with bandog fleas, as I have been, and haunted with the night Mare.
Wit Without Money Francis Beaumont

A bandog, as the name imports, was a dog so fierce, as to require to be chained up.
The Plays of Philip Massinger Philip Massinger

bandog, a bailiff, or his followers; a sergeant, or his yeomen; also a fierce mastiff.
The Surprising Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew Unknown


a watchdog kept tied or chained up due to its ferocity
Word Origin

Middle English band ‘leash, chain’ + dogge ‘dog’


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