dog in the manger


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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.]
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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.
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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.
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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