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as in:  dogged by problems

The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
  followed; or persistently annoyed
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Note that this is pronounced like the past tense of dog.
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  • The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
  • She was dogged by one problem after the next.
  • A stranger then is still dogging us, just as a stranger dogged us in London.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He did; and then it seemed to me that he was dogging us, but with what intent I could not for the life of me imagine.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • He sometimes thought that Svidrigailov was dogging his footsteps.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Well, just watch yourself, Potter, because I’ll be dogging your footsteps in case you step out of line.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I hurried on and he came after, dogging my footsteps in a suspicious silence.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I won’t have her childhood disturbed by photographers dogging her at soccer games or hanging from trees at school picnics.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • German fighters showed up at the coastline, dogging various squadrons all the way, and by the time we were within striking range, flak bursts had already formed a dense fog over the entire city.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Peeta and I eat together, and since Haymitch keeps dogging us about it, try to keep up a friendly conversation during the meals.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • You guys on JV —if you play well and some varsity player is dogging it, I’ll bring you up in a heartbeat.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • I could’ve stayed there with Ernie forever, dogging it and cracking jokes in the features department, but I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to be a writer or a musician, not knowing that it was possible to do both.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • I tried to pretend I didn’t see Frankie dogging along at my elbow and sat close by Doreen at the table.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • You oughta be out running around in a convertible, bird-dogging girls.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • You could sit up as late as you pleased, and, whenever you got up, go abroad without any landlord or house-lord dogging you for rent.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • There loomed the dogging memory of the tattered soldier—he who, gored by bullets and faint of blood, had fretted concerning an imagined wound in another; he who had loaned his last of strength and intellect for the tall soldier; he who, blind with weariness and pain, had been deserted in the field.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • She knew why the delicate Retty looked so fragile, and Izz so tragically sorrowful, and Marian so blank; and she forgot her own dogging shadow for a moment in contemplating theirs.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Near the bow they went up another ladder into the torpedo room, dogging the hatch down behind them, and proceeded aft through the torpedo storage and crew spaces.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He recognized it, for it had been dogging all his days.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • He watched as the horses slogged through the mud, Seabiscuit dogging and taunting until Kayak pinned his ears and abruptly quit.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Nay, thou know’st it not, And all unwitting art a double foe To thine own kin, the living and the dead; Aye and the dogging curse of mother and sire One day shall drive thee, like a two-edged sword, Beyond our borders, and the eyes that now See clear shall henceforward endless night.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • By the outer margin of the Pit was an oval pond, and over it hung the attenuated skeleton of a chrome-yellow moon which had only a few days to last—the morning star dogging her on the left hand.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Then, before he could make any reply to this, she went off into an entirely fictional account of how, having had a previous engagement with a certain alleged young society man—Tom Keary by name—who was dogging her steps these days in order to get her to dine and dance, she had only this evening decided to "ditch" him, preferring Clyde, of course, for this occasion, anyhow.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Some problems were dogging him.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Nick and Trip played high, and I kept dogging Ice.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • If it was Ser Shadrich dogging her heels, she might well have a fight on her hands.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • If she must have one of the Kingsguard dogging her steps, Sansa preferred that it be him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Backed clown fast and out of there, blind-dogging both hatches, then blind-dogged every pressure door on way back.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • She was trotting by the time she reached the castle bailey, with Tris dogging her heels, but even so she came too late.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Also, the constant sound and motion of her flight helped distract him from the black thoughts that had been dogging him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • We set out moments later, myself leading with drawn sword, Star behind me, and Rufo dogging her, an arrow nocked and ready.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Elsewhere he found the wildling skinchanger, Varamyr Sixskins, walking through the trees with his shadowcat dogging his heels.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Jaime and I were riding back from Lannisport when we heard a scream, and she came running out into the road with two men dogging her heels, shouting threats.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • At quarter-to-eight, back in his office, Walter Boyle safely in his cell again, Clumly could not shake the feeling that someone was watching him, following him, dogging his footsteps.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "Well, if you ask me," Kyle said, turning to dump his remaining coffee out in the sink, "you ought to pick one of them and quit dogging around.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Strumpet!" he shouted at every blow as though it were Lenina (and how frantically, without knowing it, he wished it were), white, warm, scented, infamous Lenina that he was dogging thus.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They know that you’re bird-dogging Pearce for me?" he said angrily.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Or had Malfoy’s use of the word ’dogging’ been a coincidence?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I was resolved to satisfy myself whether this ragged Elijah was really dogging us or not, and with that intent crossed the way with Queequeg, and on that side of it retraced our steps.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But then, halfway through the second half, he stopped dogging me.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • The Imp had moved most of the gold cloaks to the city walls, and the white knights of the Kingsguard had duties more important than dogging her heels.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Then she turned, picked up her shield, and strode back to the city, with Nolfavrell dogging her heels.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • It ain’t easy to know they’re gunning for you—following you around, dogging your footsteps, ready to topple you the first time you go and put your foot down wrong.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I felt sure that I was followed in the street, and my every movement dogged by those to whom I would not condescend to turn and look.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • He dogged his master’s heels whenever he left the cabin, and haunted the front stoop when he remained inside.
    London, Jack  --  White Fang
  • No wonder that in Lydgate’s energetic nature the sense of a hopeless misconstruction easily turned into a dogged resistance.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • The newspapers hazarded countless guesses and surmises, and Daylight was constantly dogged by a small battalion of reporters.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • But Satan dogged the Tahitian’s movements for a full hour before he made up his mind that the man was an appurtenance of the place.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
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