A dog in the manger

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to A dog in the manger: a snake in the grass
an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.
- 1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

See also: Dog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Not being a dog in the manger, but the happiest fellow alive, I assure you I can dance at Jo's wedding with a heart as light as my heels.