A servile follower or lackey.
Origin of running-dog
- Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) zǒu gǒu zǒu running gǒu dog
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.