from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The bark of a dog.
  • noun Informal A dog.
  • noun Outcry; clamor.
  • noun An overbearing manner.
  • adjective Commanding, especially in an arrogant manner.

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  • interjection Representing the sound of a dog barking.
  • noun The sound of a dog barking
  • noun A dog


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


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  • But you'll wise up -- especially if stocks go from wow to bow-wow in the years ahead.

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