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an illustration with a man on one side and a woman on the other. The words in betwee are: God made man and rested - God made earth and rested - Then God made woman - Since then no one has rested
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hound. (verb) Get after, nag, chase, harass, as if with hounds.

Note the distinction between this term and “dog,” which typically means to follow. Here the hounding might be more figurative, as with the nagging and harassing. Or it might be another form of following, here with a chasing rather than trailing quality. Whereas dogging might refer simply to keeping close tabs on something, hounding is more likely to end with the quarry treed.




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(noun) 1. A despicable person, like a dog , or as persistent as a dog.

This is akin to the use of the term dog for a man who is sexually promiscuous or homologous to the despicable aspects of being a bitch.
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(noun) 2. One who does the hounding, though more typically this kind of chase is done in packs; it is more often the plural, hounds, sometimes modified with such words as baying or barking.
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(noun) or hound-dog 3. Another term for mixed breed, mixed race, or mongrel.reference 1 Invariably derragatory, sometimes implying doglike promiscuity as well.

1. Cassidy, Frederic Gomes, and Joan Houston Hall, eds. 1985. Dictionary of American Regional English. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2:1130.

Hound can be preceded by a defining word, with the implication that a hound is one who is avidly acquisitive of whatever the preceding term might be, whether it is autographs or attention. Any activity or object of desire can be combined with hound; the following are some of the more common phrases:
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autograph hound. A devoted collector of autographs.

In an article on Neil Young, Steve Erickson refers to a fan who “works up the nerve to ask for an autograph” as an autograph hound.reference 2
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booze hound. A drunkard.

In a review of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Frank Rich describes the character of Brick as “the all-American jock turned booze hound.”reference 3

2. Erickson, Steve. 2000. Neil Young on a Good Day. New York Times, Jul 30. Accessed Apr 22 2008 from http:// gst/ fullpage.html? sec= health&res= 9C0CE3DE133AF933A 05754C0A9669C8B63

3. Rich, Frank. 1990. Turner and Durning in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. New York Times, Mar 22. Accessed Apr 18 2008 from m http:// mem/ theater/ treview.html? res= 9C0CEFDB163CF931 A15750C0A966958260
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comma hound. A stickler for proper grammar.

In his review of The Red Smith Reader, John Leonard shares a story written by Smith, a Pulitzer Prize–winning sports writer, which is quite apt here: “The guide [at a Madison Square Garden dog show] was pleased to come upon a dog voraciously eating a copy of the show catalogue, price $1.25. ‘Very rare breed,’ he said, ‘called a comma hound, or copyreader. Look what he's done to that first paragraph.’'”reference 4
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culture hound. One with the bourgeois desire for culture as embodied in middle- or high-brow “art.”

Barbara Delatiner sums up the life of the culture hound in describing the available cultural opportunities: “Whether you fancy theater, dance or opera, chances are you will find a touring company on the Island this week to please your taste. If you're a culture hound, scheduling allows you to catch them all.”reference 5

4. Smith, Red, quoted in Leonard, John. 1982. Books of the Times. Review of The Red Smith Reader. New York Times, Jul 15. Accessed Apr 18 2008 from http:// gst/ fullpage.html? res= 9F0CEEDA1739F93 6A25754C0A964948260 &sec=&pagewanted=print

5. Delatiner, Barbara. 2000. The Guide: Long Island Weekly Desk. New York Times, Apr 9. Accessed Apr 22 2008 from http:// search/ restricted/ article?res= F70610FC3E5B0C7 A8CDDAD0894D 8404482
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Gabriel's hounds. Wild geese.

Flocks of migrating geese were thought to sound like packs of dogs racing through the sky, at least by some English herders.reference 6 Because these flocks were associated with the archangel Gabriel (often known as the angel of death), they were seen as harbingers of trouble.reference 7
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news hound. An eager reporter.

Dan Rather set the standards for news hounds in the television age, making his mark by tying himself to a lamp post during Hurricane Carla, in 1961. This put Rather on the national stage and he made a habit of visiting hurricanes from then on.

6. Brewer, E, Cobham, and Ivor H. Evans. 1970. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Centenary ed. New York: Harper & Row.

7. The Oxford English Dictionary Online. 3d ed. Oxford University Press, 2005. Accessed May 10 2005 from http:// .
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publicity hound or media hound. Someone aggressively seeking the attention of The Media, perhaps in the form of a news hound.

A letter writer to the New York Times complains that Matt Bai, in an article on the role of George Lakoff, has “framed” Lakoff (sometimes referred to as Mr. Metaphor himself) as “as an opportunistic publicity hound.”reference 8 The pejorative element is well underlined here.
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rock hound. Someone who searches for and collects rocks, as a geologist.

Dr. Niles Eldredge, a paleontologist and educator at the American Museum of Natural History says that even in New York City “the would-be rock hound still has many opportunities.”reference 9

8. Leson, Ian. 2005. The Framing Wars: Letter. New York Times Magazine. Accessed Apr 18 2008 from http:// gst/ fullpage.html?res= 940DEFD9103CF932A057 54C0A9639C8B63.

9. Browne, Malcolm W. 1990. Buried Treasure a Zillion Years Old. New York Times, Nov 2. Accessed Apr 17 2008 from http:// search/ restricted/ article?res= F30612FA385B0C7 18CDDA80994D8494D81.

I also came across references for:

book hound: reader, book collector, or bibliophile; chow hound (or meat hound): one who is always at the head of the cafeteria line, or simply one who likes to eat; clothes hound: one who likes to dress well or purchase clothing; this is distinct from “clothes horse” where wearing the clothes is the crucial element; couture hound: fashionista; data hound: one who does detective work on the nets; fashion hound: like a couture hound only less sophisticated; gadget hound: one who has to have technology's latest consumer product; gas hound: a drinker of denatured alcohol; glory hound: one who wants to the the hero; jake hound: a drinker of Jamaican ginger; keyhole hound: a spy; leave hound: a soldier or cadet who utilizes ever minute of leave; nicotine hound: a heavy smoker; Orion's hound: see Dog Star; party hound: like Wayne or Garth from Wayne's World (“Party time! Excellent!”); period hound: the person in art direction responsible for avoiding anachronisms in the making of a motion picture; rum hound: a rum drinker; smut hound: motion picture censor; tea hound: ladies man; trash hound: sanitation worker; truffle hound: a researcher who searches for buried clues; woof hound: swing music fan.

About the illustrations: Figure 1 is a spot illustration from the 1920's displaying women as stereotypically nagging (bitching, though the specific terminology would have been taboo), courtesy of Dover Publications. Figure 2 is a relatively hound-ish looking man modified from an image obtained at Figure 3 shows some hounds on the hunt. And Figure 4 is a collage of 4 photographs of dog's faces. All are © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.

Figure 5 shows a classic autograph hound, a stuffed animal on which you can have your classmates sign their names. Figures 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 show examples of these particular “hounds.” © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.

Figure 9 shows Dan Rather in a generic hurricane. This picture is on several web sites, but none names the year. This image is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this image in the article “news hound” to illustrate the subject in question where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Other uses of this image may constitute copyright infringement.

cf: at bay; bitch (noun); bitch (verb); dog (follow); harry; hot on the scent of; watchdog
see also:
mongrel; running with hounds and hares; sad as a hound dog's eye; horehound; houndstooth

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