meaning and examples of the Phrase

Dog in the manger

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dog in the manger
one who unreasonably prevents other people from doing or having what one does not wish them to do or have. (From one of Aesop's fables in which a dog—which cannot eat hay—lay in the hayrack [manger] and prevented the other animals from eating the hay.)
Jane is a real dog in the manger. She cannot drive, but she will not lend anyone her car.
If Martin were not such a dog in the manger, he would let his brother have that dinner jacket he never wears.

A person who doesn’t need or want something, but makes sure that nobody else gets it (even though they may have a genuine need for it).
(Is unlikely to offend anyone in any situation.).

someone who keeps something that they do not really want in order to prevent anyone else from having it.

Stop being such a dog in the manger and let your sister ride your bike if you're not using it.

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