Poodle a breed of decorative dog with curly hair customarily clipped. ORIGIN early 19th century from the Germanic word Pudel(hund). Also, colloquial expression in Brit English ‘poodle’ is an individual or organisation that is unduly eager to obey another person or group. Example George Bush’s poodle = George Bush’s sycophant = Tony Blair.
George Bush’s poodle, a nickname that Tony Blair, acquired while British Prime Minister, because of Blair's dogged subservient obedience to Bush and the American President's administration military ambition to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.
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