dog in the mangerish

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ofra

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what is the meaning of this idiom/metaphor/saying?

would appreciate any help.
 

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Dog in the manger (UK) If someone acts like a dog in the manger, they don't want other people to have or enjoy things that are useless to them.So the person is refusing to share something with others.
 
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The original dog in the manger was a character in a fable - a dog who insisted on sleeping in a manger and not letting the animals eat from it (see the full story here: The Dog in the Manger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ). The usual expression is just 'Don't be [such] a dog in the manger' - adding the adjective suffix strikes me as a bit odd. Maybe it's characteristic of some other dialect than mine.

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