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From a fable about a dog preventing other animals from eating the hay in a manger, even though as a carnivore he could not eat it himself.


dog in the manger (plural dogs in mangers) One who denies others what he cannot use himself. 1930, M. K. Gandhi, "Notes on the Way to Dandi", in Non-Violent Resistance, page 246 No adjective is strong enough for characterizing this wicked dog-in-the-manger policy. From various sources I hear tales of such wanton destruction of nations' property in all parts of India.


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