attack dog

attack dog
UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "attack dog":
singular attack dog plural attack dogs mainly American
2) a frightening and aggressive person who is used, usually by a politician or political party, to defeat opponents

He was widely regarded as the Prime Minister's attack dog during his time as a Cabinet minister.

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