The British Idiom – Dog in a manger
Definition of Dog in a manger
A dog in a manger is a person who stops others doing something that they themselves do not want to do, or who holds onto something that they do not really want in order to stop somebody else from having use of it.
Examples of Usage of Dog in a manger
Why are you being such a dog in a manger? You’ve never enjoyed skiing, and those skis haven’t been used in over 20 years. Why don’t you give them to your brother, as he really needs them? I can’t believe that she refused to let her sister borrow a dress she’s never even worn. The reprehensible actions of a complete dog in a manger.
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