(verb) To engage in the relentless pursuit of an objective or goal, often involving the accomplishment of tasks through other, less expedient people. This includes obsessive follow-up, nagging, and harrassment of individuals holding up the accomplishment of the goal. Comes from a reference to pointer dog breeds that serve as loyal hunting dogs, leading the way to the fallen fowl.
"I had to bird-dog Larry all day to get him to sign that damn contract."

He said: "I'm so frustrated. I called two days ago, and still...no response from customer service."
She replied: "Oh yeah, you have to bird-dog those guys daily to get anything done. They're totally swamped."
by Surfdude May 22, 2008
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In football, the expression used to describe when a quarterback stares down receivers before throwing to them. The term is used because a hunting dog will become fixated on the target bird and never take his eyes off of him. This is extremely frowned upon since it tips off the defenders and could result in horrible hits on your receivers.
"Most rookie NFL quarterbacks have to work on not bird-dogging their receivers or they will get their pass-catchers killed."
by Trendon October 15, 2005
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To bird-dog something is to complete a task using a slightly dodgy or unorthodox method.

Performing the task this way should save time, effort or money.

It can involve a dangerous act in order to get the job done.
I had to "bird-dog" it.

An example of bird-dogging it would be an electrician climbing on a live switchboard to get to a cable, j-boxing a cable in a wall cavity, shorting out a circuit in order to identify the right breaker or setting up a ladder on the back of your ute to reach reach higher
by YeahBro! December 11, 2011
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To hound or pursue something or someone with a usually malicious intent.

Derived from the use of a bird dog to hunt game.

Apparently mistaken by millennials as a slang hybrid of 'bird' being female, and 'dogging' being the act of cuckolding or sharing of one's wife willingly or unwillingly, whilst obviously overlooking the actual normal every day meaning of the term to the point it irritated me to make a bloody account on here to set things straight. So upvote this definition so these low life tweens can at least use the term correctly.
"You've been bird dogging this town for a while now, they wouldn't mind a corpse of you." - Mal, Firefly
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(noun) a guy who is primarily interested in romancing other people's girl friends. Immortalized in the 1950s by the Everley Brothers in a song of the same name.
"Hey, bird dog, lay offa my quail!
Hey, bird dog, go chase your own tail!"
by anarcissie May 29, 2008
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To watch someone closely while making no attempt to hide that you are doing so.
"The CFO couldn't fire Will, so she bird dogged him until he quit".
by Southern Diction July 12, 2009
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used in the trucking industry - especially on the CB radio as truckers talk to each other.
A bird dog can be noun which means a radar detecter.
Or can be a verb which means a law enforcement officer is paying particular attention to a trucker
noun: "I've got my bird dog on."
verb: "That cop has been bird dogging me for the last five miles."
by Bob VerBurg January 31, 2004
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