Etymology
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bulldog (n.)

also bull-dog, "small, strong, muscular kind of dog noted for courage and ferocity," c. 1500, from bull (n.1) + dog (n.). So called perhaps from the shape, perhaps because they originally were used for baiting bulls. In U.S. newspaper slang, the bulldog edition (1910) was the earliest run of a daily paper.

updated on August 28, 2017

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Definitions of bulldog from WordNet
1
bulldog (v.)
attack viciously and ferociously;
bulldog (v.)
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo;
2
bulldog (n.)
a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting;
Synonyms: English bulldog
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