hangdog expression

Hangdog expression
A hangdog expression is one where the person's showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking. It's that mixture of misery and self-pity that is similar to a dog when it's trying to get something it wants but daren't take without permission.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • hangdog expression —    A hangdog expression is one where the person s showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking. It s that mixture of misery and self pity that is similar to a dog when it s trying to get something it wants but… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Hangdog expression —   A hangdog expressionis one where the person s showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking. It s that mixture of misery and self pity that is similar to a dog when it s trying to get something it wants but… …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • hangdog — [haŋ′dôg΄] n. 1. Archaic a person considered fit only for hanging dogs, or to be hanged like a dog 2. a contemptible, sneaking person adj. 1. contemptible; sneaking 2. ashamed and cringing [a hangdog expression] …   English World dictionary

  • expression — noun 1 on sb s face ADJECTIVE ▪ neutral ▪ blank, dazed, glazed, vacant ▪ They all just looked at me with blank expressions. ▪ dea …   Collocations dictionary

  • hangdog — hang|dog [ˈhæŋdɔg US do:g] adj hangdog expression/look an expression that shows you feel sorry or ashamed about something ▪ I could tell from his hangdog look that things had gone badly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hangdog — /hang dawg , dog /, adj. 1. browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject: He always went about with a hangdog look. 2. shamefaced; guilty: He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression. 3. suitable to a degraded or contemptible person;… …   Universalium

  • hangdog — [[t]hæ̱ŋdɒg, AM dɔːg[/t]] also hang dog ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that someone has a hangdog expression on their face, you mean that they look sad, and often guilty or ashamed. Everybody missed her, Stan said with a hangdog look …   English dictionary

  • hangdog — hang|dog [ hæŋ,dɔg ] adjective if someone has a hangdog expression, they look very sad or guilty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hangdog — adjective his hangdog expression betrayed his alleged confidence Syn: shamefaced, sheepish, abashed, ashamed, guilty looking, abject, cowed, dejected, downcast, crestfallen, woebegone, disconsolate Ant: unabashed …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hangdog — UK [ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ] / US [ˈhæŋˌdɔɡ] adjective if someone has a hangdog expression, they look very sad or guilty …   English dictionary

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