dog in the mangerdog in the manger
nounpl. dogs in the manger
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.