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dog end. A cigarette butt.reference 1

With filtered cigarettes now predominating, the value of a dog-ends has dropped considerably. These days a cigarette can be smoked to the point where there is little or no tobacco left.

On Wordie Bilby provides an excellent citation from Spike Milligan's Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall:

Monkey truck, that's just the bloody right name for this vehicle, says Gunner Tume, who is now desperately crouching forward trying, through the shaking, to light the dog-end that appears to have shreds of tobacco in it. He goes on moaning.reference 2

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The line makes clear that a dog-end is not just any cigarette butt, but also one that lures the desparate smoker.

1. The Oxford English Dictionary Online. 2005. 3d ed. Accessed from




2. Bilby. 2009. Dog-End. J. McGrath, ed. Wordie. Accessed Jul 26 2009 from http:// words/dog-end.


About the illustrations: Figure 1 shows an old fashioned cigarette butt with actual tobacco spilling out of the unsmoked end. Created by the author

Figure 2 shows Sad Sack, the archetypal World War II slacker soldier, bending over to recover a dog-end. Sergeant George Baker drew the panel cartoon of the draftee. © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation.

see also: dog-leg tobacco. Last updated: July 26, 2009
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