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[hang-dawg, -dog] /ˈhæŋˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/

browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject:
He always went about with a hangdog look.
shamefaced; guilty:
He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression.
suitable to a degraded or contemptible person; sneaky; furtive.
Archaic. a degraded, contemptible person.
downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
a furtive or sneaky person

also hangdog, 1670s, “befitting a hang-dog,” a despicable, degraded fellow, so called either from notion of being fit only to hang a dog (cf. cutthroat) or of being a low person (i.e. dog) fit only for hanging. As a noun from 1680s.


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