Running-dog meaning

A servile follower or lackey.
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Lackey; an unprincipled person who helps or flatters other, more powerful and often evil people; similar in this sense to the English word lapdog.
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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 狗腿子 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 주구 (jugu) (hanja: èµ°ç‹—), which is an equivalent of the Mandarin term.

    From Wiktionary