1. (US) the feet; occas. sing.
|Indoor Sports 27 Nov. [synd. cartoon] Many’s the time I wisht I had my dogs under the mahogany at home instead of dealin’ em off the arm here.|
|[song title] Got To Cool My Doggies Now.|
|Babbitt (1974) 141: Shake the old dogs to the WROLLICKING WRENS.|
|Georgie May 43: Come on, we’ll take a load off ouah doggies.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 572: My dogs have had enough wear already.Judgement Day in|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 77: My dogs is killin’ me.|
|Sweet Thursday (1955) 108: My dogs are tired!|
|After the Wake (1981) 99: Don’t gimme that, mugsy, but before your dawgs goes into this bucket of nice fresh cee-ment, uh, uh . . .‘Same Again, Please’ in|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 68: Ain’t nothing the matter with Bucket-head’s feet. His dogs ain’t half as bad as mine.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: boss dogs – big, pretty, smelly, or tired feet.|
|Stand (1990) 803: Just put your tired old dogs up on a foot hassock.|
|Muscle for the Wing 72: Give your dogs a rest, Detective.|
|Wicked Cockney Rhy. Sl. 26: dogs, dog’s meat feet.|
2. (mainly US) shoes.
|Paul Pry 26 Mar. 3/3: Paul Advises [...] Mr. C—s C—k, the fish-cad of High street, who sports his fancy dogs [...] and not think all the girls are in love with him.|
|Negro Humour 51: Felt hat tilted over his eyes, white ‘dogs’ upon his feet.|
|Indoor Sports 27 Oct. [synd. cartoon] (Watching the office tightwad buy a shine) He’s been workin on those old dogs for an hour now.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 89: He’d lift one dog and hold it in the air a minute till he could locate a safe place to put it down. Then he’d do the same thing with the other.‘Hurry Kane’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 465: Rupert Salsinger takes one look at Hymie’s dogs.‘Tight Shoes’ in|
|Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1953) 9: ‘Want a shoe shine, Donny?’ And the fat boy said, ‘Sure, Papa. I guess my dogs could stand some dolling up.’.|
|Pimp 222: The white-spatted dogs of a joker in the barber’s chair.|
|Homeboy 268: They were gussied up to look like sensible townandcountry doggers.|
|One Night Out Stealing 84: Them dogs’ll keep, Son.|
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Dogs: Shoes. Feet.|
3. (US black) gym shoes, trainers.
(Aus.) leather leggings.
|W. Aus. Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Oct. 8/3: When a customer wants any [Limburger cheese] they put on stout leather leggings, dog-stiffeners, and taking down a Winchester rifle, shoot off the required portion which the purchaser removes from the premises at his own risk.|
|Sun (Kalgoorlie) 11 Nov. 11/3: The doctor is invariably seen in public wearing dog-poisoners, and affects the air of the good old English Enquire accustomed to much hat-touching from the tenantry.|
|Aus. Lang. 182: Leggings worn by outback travellers and workers are known as dog stiffeners or dog poisoners.|
(US) to leave, to go away; esp. as excl. pedal your dogs!
|‘Winter Kill’ in Goulart (1967) 120: Pedal your dogs, little man.|