Title: Sport 21: Spring 1998

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1998, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 21: Spring 1998


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1. a bitch
  • a female dog or other female canine animal
  • a malicious, spiteful or coarse woman
  • a difficult situation or problem
  • complaining, grumbling
  • behaving in a spiteful manner
bitching upbotching or bungling
2. a dog,
  • a domesticated canine mammal
  • the male of the dog family
  • a mechanical device for gripping & holding
  • a fellow, a chap
  • a contemptible, wretched man or boy
  • pursuing, following, troubling, plaguing
  • gripping or securing by a mechanical device
doggedly onobstinately, wilfully, tenaciously

People who become bitchy are usually leading a dog's life or having to live in a dog's world. In other words bitching is ‘taking the hair of the dog that bit you’.