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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.


Slang for an undesirable property.

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More explicit than the vampire in its canine features, the werewolf's shapeshifting abilities suggest that the disease can cause degeneration not just into doglike status, but into the dog's progenitor, the wolf (as Lyell noted in his evolutionary writings).
Wormtongue continues to behave in a doglike manner to the conclusion of the story.
The orb soon mutates into an alien, doglike creature whose head resembles a tribble (a shout-out to "Star Trek") and whose bendable body comes straight from the Play-Doh factory.
Younger children find Trudy's doglike poses particularly hilarious.
Situating Hawthorne's abiding distaste for apes and monkeys and his insistent description of Donatello's psychological (rather than physical) character as fundamentally doglike within these historical debates over evolution, Mason intriguingly connects the satyr-like Model who terrorizes Miriam and is murdered by Donatello to orangutans and other simians: Simia satyrus, Satyrus troglodytis, and Pitheus satyrus being three of the scientific names commonly ascribed to organuatans--terms, she argues, that were known to Hawthorne.
15 Which kind of deer is sometimes called the barking deer because of the doglike noise it makes when startled?
The mestizo is first of all likened to a snake, but his sagacity in following the priest when they first meet, his visual memory, and his office as a hunting hound for the police certainly are doglike features: "'That priest's voice,' the half-caste said with disgust.
With a doglike animal called a scrunt determined to stop her, Cleveland takes it upon himself to help Story complete her mission.
Some have long, swooping ears; others have bulbous or short, stubby ears or just wrinkled folds of skin; some have cute, little doglike faces; but most have peculiar facial features straight out of science fiction.
The poet enters the dog's mind twice, making this doglike observation: that the tree outside is dry.
Zeke replied, "if they had just been prowling doglike.
Or stays, doglike, between the wrought-iron feet of the small table, ears at the alert, actively silent, having learned to wait.