dog in the manger
Etymology: from the fable of the dog who prevented an ox from eating hay which he did not want himself Date: 1573 a person who selfishly withholds from others something useless to himself

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  • dog in the manger — {n. phr.} A person who is unwilling to let another use what he himself has no use for. * /Although Valerie lives alone in that big house, she is like a dog in the manger when it comes to letting someone sharing it with her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dog in the manger — {n. phr.} A person who is unwilling to let another use what he himself has no use for. * /Although Valerie lives alone in that big house, she is like a dog in the manger when it comes to letting someone sharing it with her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dog in the manger — (UK) If someone acts like a dog in the manger, they don t want other people to have or enjoy things that are useless to them …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • dog in the manger — dog in the manger, adj. a person who selfishly keeps something that he or she does not really need or want so that others may not use or enjoy it. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • dog in the manger — (UK)    If someone acts like a dog in the manger, they don t want other people to have or enjoy things that are useless to them.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A person referred to as a dog in the manger is someone who stops others from… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • dog-in-the-manger — a dog in the manger someone who keeps something that they do not really want in order to prevent anyone else from having it. The British have a dog in the manger attitude to the island, no longer needing it themselves, but wanting to deny it to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • dog in the manger — noun One who denies others what he cannot use himself. No adjective is strong enough for characterizing this wicked dog in the manger policy. From various sources I hear tales of such wanton destruction of nations property in all parts of India …   Wiktionary

  • dog\ in\ the\ manger — n. phr. A person who is unwilling to let another use what he himself has no use for. Although Valerie lives alone in that big house, she is like a dog in the manger when it comes to letting someone sharing it with her …   Словарь американских идиом

  • dog in the manger — a person who will not share something he does not use or need    He s a dog in the manger about his office space. He doesn t use it, but he won t let us have it …   English idioms

  • Dog in the manger —   (UK)    If someone acts like a dog in the manger, they don t want other people to have or enjoy things that are useless to them …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • dog in the manger — dog′ in the man′ger n. a person who selfishly keeps something not needed or wanted so that others may not enjoy it • Etymology: 1565–75 dog′ in the man′ger, adj …   From formal English to slang

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