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The same Merriam-Webster link provides the answer further down. At present sense 4 is found in print chiefly in letters to the editor and other informal prose, not in serious intellectual writing. …
answered May 13 '13 by Oddthinking
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"A hit dog will holler" I wasn't surprised. Wiktionary explains its figurative meaning: An offended or defensive response to a statement suggests that the statement applies to the person … works. What does the yelping of a beaten dog got to do with tu quoque claims? [Stop Press: A commenter below suggests that I have misunderstood the figurative meaning, even before we get to the literal meaning. Please set me straight on both in an answer.] …
asked Oct 26 '18 by Oddthinking