(orig. UK, latterly US) a euph. for God, used in a variety of mild, semi-blasphemous oaths.
|Lusty Juventus in Dodsley II (1874) 84: By dog’s precious wounds, that was some whoreson villain.|
|Fighting Joe (1911) 121: If yer don’t give me a civ’l answer, dog scotch me if I don’t give yer pineapple soup for supper.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Jan. 13/1: Apparently there are some real ringers offering for the Bushman’s Contingent. One last week nearly fell down when asked if he was a bushman. ‘Why, dog-scratch-me,’ he said with a shriek of anguish, ‘I’m gidyah bred, straight from the Culgoa and no scalawag neither, but a right-down silvertail.’.|
|Salt Lake Herald-Republican (UT) 3 July 42/1: [cartoon caption] You iss a disgrace! Ding bust your dog-rotted little hide.|
|Life in the Aus. Backblocks 234: Some hardened sinner demands, ‘What d’yer call this, cook? Goat, or a hunk of a cart-’orse? Dog scratch me, it’s as tough as Mother Lord Harry!’.‘Shearer and Rouseabout’ in|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 271: Dog nab it!‘Won Off the Diamond’ in|
|Vicar of Nibbleswicke 13: Dog help me!|
(US) a euph. for god-damned adj.
|Checkers 203: Thar ye go, with yer dog-durned laziness.|
|Muddy France (1988) 3: We had the final full dress rehearsal for this dog blasted attack.diary 12 Feb.|
(orig. UK, latterly US) a mild, semi-blasphemous oath.
|Story of the Great March 44: Why, dog bite them, the newspapers have been lying all along. [...] 45: Why, dog bite their hides! one of your Yankees can take up a tree and carry it off.|
|Bismarck Dly Tribune (ND) 23 Aug. 8/2: A southerner was once heard to use in the course of a single discussion [...] ‘dog bite ’em,’ ‘gosh all fishhooks,’ ’dat rat ’em’ and ‘jumpin’ gee whiz’.|
|Black Talk 70: ‘Cat scratch ma!’ has gone out a little I think. ‘Dawg boite ma!’ is still in use. ‘Dawg boite ma, an’ sparrow blow ma!’ may be heard upon extraordinary occasion.|
|Le Slang 106: Dog bite my ear!|
|Home to Harlem 199: Well, dawg bite me, but —.|
|Black No More (1971) 82: ‘Dog bite it, Doc!’ blurted Johnson.|
|Laughing to Keep from Crying 63: Autumn in Reno! Dog-bite my onions! Stacks of shining silver dollars on the tables.|
(US) a mild, semi-blasphemous oath.
|Salt Lake Trib. (UT) 7 Jan. 34/1: There, dog-blast you!|
a euph. for gorblimey! excl.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
(US) an excl. of surprise, annoyance; a semi-euph. for god-damn it! excl.
|Mavericks (1968) 109: ‘Dogdamn it,’ he says.|