dog in the mangerdog in the manger
nounpl. dogs in the manger
One who prevents others from enjoying what one has no use for oneself.
Origin of dog in the mangerFrom a fable in which a dog prevented an ox from eating hay he did not want himself.
(plural dogs in mangers)
- One who denies others what he cannot use himself.
From a fable about a dog preventing other animals from eating the hay in a manger, even though as a carnivore he could not eat it himself.