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dog in the hunt

This is often used erroneously to indicate that one has no stake in the outcome. As such this is a bastardization of two Southern idioms: "no dog in the fight," and "that dog won't hunt." (The latter indicates something is a bad idea or prone to fail.) Use of the phrase "no dog in the hunt" when one wishes to indicate they have no "dog in the fight" will generate funny glances from any Southerners who overhear it.

Etymology:

  • dog + in + the + hunt
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'dog in the hunt':

dog in the huntLiterally, ownership of one of several canines participating in the group pursuit of game or fowl.
dog in the huntSomething to gain depending on the outcome; a position for which to campaign or cheer..
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perro en la caza

chien à la chasse

собака на охоте

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