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A small dog, kept as household pet, whose light weight and companionable temperament make it both suited and disposed to spend time resting in the comfort of its master's lap; a dog bred to behave in this manner.

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lap dogA person who behaves in a servile manner, such as a sycophantic employee or a fawning lover.
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