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Definition of "dog-in-the-manger" []

  • A person who prevents others from using something he or she has no use for (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)

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Use "dog-in-the-manger" in a sentence
  • "Indeed, a pause (strike?) by mining companies in their investment programs may serve to focus the minds of some of the provincial administrations that tried to play the role of dog-in-the-manger or experienced overnight conversions to Greenness."
  • "Some dog-in-the-manger types chose to make bonfires and burn their abandoned goods in order to prevent others taking them up."
  • "I think Ms. Ferraro needs to quit her dog-in-the-manger attitude."