Meaning of bird dog

bird' dog"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. one of any of various breeds of dogs trained to hunt or retrieve birds.
  2. a person hired to locate special items or people, esp. a talent scout who seeks out promising athletes.
  3. a person who steals another person's date.

bird-dog

Pronunciation: (bûrd'dôg", -dog"), [key]
— v., -dogged, -dog•ging.
—v.t.
—v.i.
  1. to follow or watch carefully.
  2. to steal or attempt to steal another person's date.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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