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 Dog-vane (A).Dog-whipper (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dog-watch.
 
A corruption of dodgewatch: two short watches, one from four to six, and the other from six to eight in the evening, introduced to dodge the routine, or prevent the same men always keeping watch at the same time. (See WATCH.)   1
 


 Dog-vane (A).Dog-whipper (A). 

 
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