dog in the manger


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

dog in the manger

n. pl. dogs in the manger
One who prevents others from enjoying what one has no use for oneself.

[From a fable in which a dog prevented an ox from eating hay he did not want himself.]

dog in the manger

n
a. a person who prevents others from using something he or she has no use for
b. (as modifier): a dog-in-the-manger attitude.

dog′ in the man′ger


n.
a person who selfishly keeps something not needed or wanted so that others may not enjoy it.
[1565–75]
dog′-in-the-man′ger, adj.

dog in the manger

A person who will not allow someone else to use something that he or she has but is not using; from one of Aesop’s fables in which a dog lying in a manger of hay would not let other animals eat the hay.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dog in the manger - someone who prevents you from enjoying something that they themselves have no need for
selfish person - a person who is unusually selfish
References in classic literature ?
You are a dog in the manger, Cathy, and desire no one to be loved but yourself
The Spaniards would have been satisfied with this had the others but let them alone, which, however, they could not find in their hearts to do long: but, like the dog in the manger, they would not eat themselves, neither would they let the others eat.
For he was a regular dog in the manger, was Tackleton; and when they laughed and he couldn't, he took it into his head, immediately, that they must be laughing at him.
Mike Resnick may be best known for his award-winning short science fiction writings, but his debut Eli Paxton story Dog in the Manger proved his prowess in the mystery format as well, and is here followed up by another Paxton mystery, The Trojan Colt.