dog it v.1
1. (orig. gambling, also dog) to act weakly, to be a loser, to lack winning spirit.
|Big League (2004) 43: He’ll dog it, I tell you [...] You hang around and you’ll see him blow up.‘The Bush League Demon’ in|
|Taking the Count 284: Smith never lets up on a fellow that dogs it [...] He’ll queer you and chase you out of the business.‘The Revenge of Kid Morales’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 282: Everybody in it will come home lousy with cash – and they’ll all come home if they don’t dog it.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 63: ‘The boss thought you would dog it, see?’ Jim thanked his lucky star. He had almost ‘dogged’ it; if it hadn’t been for Bright’s attitude he’d ’ve probably eaten humble pie and asked Bright to get his job back for him.|
|Horse Crazy 23: The horse dogged it, the same as it had done before [W&F].|
|Riverslake 228: Perhaps that was why he was pulling out, though he didn’t seem to be the type to dog.|
|Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 117: ‘What does Romolo mean, “dogging” it?’ says Josefina [...] ‘You ain’t going to dog it, are you Rocky?’ says Benjy.|
|Q&A 18: ‘So the bull turned tail.’ [...] ‘He dogged it.’.|
|Street Gangs 222: Dog It Get cold feet, back out, turn coward.|
2. (US) to shirk, to waste time; to dawdle, to hang back.
|Cappy Ricks 119: The old sinner thought I’d dog it, I suppose.|
|Collier’s 15 May 62/3: I’m afraid if Roberts gets hurt, early, bein’ green, he’ll play safe and be satisfied to stall the rest of it and dog it [DA].|
|Put on the Spot 24: When he didn’t, I knew he was doggin’ it.|
|Sat. Eve. Post 7 Aug. 31/1: They might not be all-city, but they’ll play for me, not dog it! [DA].|
|Onionhead (1958) 109: Maybe they were dogging it it to see how much he’d put up with.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 797: dog it -To stall.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 69: It was impossible for them to dog it as a muck-stick artist could.|
|Current Sl. V:1 6: Dog it, v. To go slowly on purpose.|
|Young Team 38: [T]ryin tae git a cargo sorted after their day ae doggin it [i.e. attending school].|
3. (US) to malinger, to act lazily.
|Broadway Melody 47: She’ll give — everything — and if any angle flops, it won’t be because she’ll dog it.|
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 32: Stop doggin it, Banigan. Get your men movin.|
|AS XL:2 95: dog it. To work half-heartedly.‘Canine Terms Applied to Human Beings’ in|
|Polo Grounds 129: [A]t the slightest sign that a Met player was dogging it, they’d hold up signs that read: BOO!|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 75: ‘He’s dogging it,’ Roscommon said. ‘He’s not dogging it [...] He’s got a temperature and he’s got a fever and he’s got the trots.’.|
|(ref. to 1987) Dict. of Invective (1991) 120: You’re dogging it. I hate that (karate instructor Paul Sxantyr to lazy students, 1987).|
4. in sexual contexts.
(a) (US black) to move, usu. dance, in a provocative manner.
|Banjo 280: Dengel, who rarely danced, was dogging it with a boy from Grand Bassam.|
|This Side of Jordan 58: ‘Dog hit, Didge! Let’s see you dog hit!’ [...] She ‘dogged it’ by rocking gracefully on her knees and hips.|
|Hoodlums (2021) 32: Jeannie walked ahead of him to the bar. Even in her walk she was dogging it.|
(b) (US campus) of a woman, to make oneself sexually available; but note cit. 1932.
|Gingertown 42: Gad! I guess you’re going to dog it some tonight, brother!|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 3: dog it – for a female to act sexually free or promiscuous: Denise is really doggin’ it this weekend.|
|Sl. and Sociability 70: As with many slang words for animals, dog and its spinoffs often have sexual implications [...] To dog it is ‘for a female to act sexually loose or promiscuous’.|
5. (orig. US) to run off.
|Gangster Girl 182: The bodyguards, outnumbered, dogged it.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Pugilist at Rest 37: The main reason he was avoided was because he would dog it under fire.|
|Young Team 49: There’s only a granny walkin [...] Everybody else hus dogged it.|
6. (US prison) to betray, to inform against.
|Prison Sl. 40: Give Him Up also Give You Up To turn someone in to the police or prison […] (Archaic: dog it, cross up).|
7. (US drugs) to spoil, thus to make no longer suitable or safe.
|Workin’ It 131: I don’t have a usual place to go [...] most of these places is burnt out now, meaning they done dogged it.|