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Dog

In the BCG growth share matrix, the quadrant representing companies, especially subsidies, that require minimal cash injections but have low market shares, and therefore usually operate with little or no profit. These companies usually exist in mature industries with well established but not very profitable markets, products, or brands. Some analysts recommend selling dogs, as they have little potential for growth; however, because they require little capital to operate, they may be useful and may perhaps produce an earnings surprise. See also: Marketing, Portfolio analysis.

dog

Slang for an undesirable property.

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When I drove into my garden at the end of the day a soldier in white uniform scrambled over the wall at the far end, and the Garm that met me was a joyous dog.
The jealous little dog under the table would give a sniff and a snort, just loud enough to call my attention to the flight.
In the night the dog came again, took the Princess on his back and ran away with her to the Soldier, who was very much in love with her, and would have liked to have been a Prince, so that he might have had her for his wife.
The dog did not notice how the grains were strewn right from the castle to the Soldier's window, where he ran up the wall with the Princess.
Say, Henry, that other one that come in an' got a fish--why didn't the dogs pitch into it?
The dogs clustered together in fear, now and again snarling menacingly as a pair of eyes drew close.
The big dog looked at him, howled again, and slunk away down the passage, while the other dogs drew aside right and left to give him ample room.
Behind her shoulder, crawling into the hut crawl by crawl, there were two heads, one yellow and one black, that belonged to two of the most sorrowful and ashamed dogs that ever you saw.
To him it was the most natural thing in the world thus to be familiarly seized and shaken about by a total stranger, while a jovial voice muttered: "That's right, dog.
Black, all black, every nail of them," said Daughtry, "an' as clean feet as ever a dog walked on, straight-out toes with the proper arch 'n' small 'n' not too small.
In the 'tween-decks of the Narwhal, Buck and Curly joined two other dogs.
Next, they were able to see the wheel-dog, and then the whole string of running dogs and snow-stretches on either side.