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.]

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 ?
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.
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.
1 dog one's footsteps 2 put on the dog (wear fur) 3 doggone 4 dog's breakfast 5 play dog in the manger 6 dogsbody 7 dog eared 8 nose around 9 go to the dogs 10 doggy fashion/style 11 dog Latin 12 dogfight 13 lazy person 14 dog collar 15 dogs 16 a hair of the dog that bit one 17 the dog before his master 18 dog end 19 pup tent 20 dog watch 21 dog soldier 22 dog tag 23 doggy work 24 dog leg 25 influenza 26 in the doghouse 27 dog hole 28 (Al Capp's) Dogpatch 29 dog water 30 dog's dick 31 dog's vomit 32 let the dog see the rabbit 33 puppy love 34 bitchy 35 drunk as a fiddler's bitch