[ UK /hˈæŋdɒɡ/ ]
  1. showing a sense of guilt
    a guilty look
    the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy
  2. frightened into submission or compliance
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How To Use hangdog In A Sentence

  • So when Zhu appeared on Japanese TV recently, with a hangdog look, speaking of his difficulties, questions surfaced as to whether the reform czar was in trouble again.
  • The air of defeat clings to this hangdog bear from the get-go.
  • I'll nae deny I take a wee drappie now an 'then," the woods-boss admitted frankly, albeit there was a harried, hangdog look in his eyes. The Valley of the Giants
  • He brought out the essential weakness of official Unionism, its demoralised passivity, its sentimental traditionalism, its dearth of ideas, its hangdog lack of creative energy.
  • And besides, in the majority of scenes you can plainly see that many a bystander are crying with laughter at the sight of Bill Murray's hangdog expression, thus indicating that the amused bafflement is mutual.
  • Whether cast as heroes or villains, Horst Tappert had an air of amiability about him that was hard to dislike, a hangdog avuncularity that put him in the company of actors like Walter Matthau and Peter Falk. Death Notice: Horst Tappert
  • His hangdog face looks like pummelled dough and unspoken anxieties lurk in his bleary eyes. Times, Sunday Times
  • McAvoy is sitting in the Soho Hotel sipping lime and soda and apologising for his hangdog appearance.
  • At 11 pm, Kirsty Wark, who had appeared ill at ease throughout the preceding half hour, disappeared from Scottish screens to be replaced by the hangdog features of Newsnight Scotland's Gordon Brewer.
  • Unfortunately, he's a runaway freight train of creativity, with no one in the brake room to slow down his torrent of hangdog, peculiarly American balladry.
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