running dogrunning dog
Origin of running dogTranslation of Chinese (Mandarin) z&ocaron;u g&ocaron;u : z&ocaron;u, running + g&ocaron;u, dog.
(plural running dogs)
A calque of the Mandarin phrase èµ°ç‹— (zÇ’ugÇ’u) (literally "running dog"; similar terms include ç‹—è…¿å and ç‹—è…¿), often used as an insult by the communist government of the People's Republic of China, North Korea against nations perceived to be in thrall to "imperialist" powers such as the United States. The North Korean communist government uses a Sino-Korean term ì£¼êµ¬ (jugu) (hanja: èµ°ç‹—), which is an equivalent of the Mandarin term.