What’s the meaning of lapdog in this context?
Cablegate revealed that some countries cooperated with the U.S. more
than others, for example. Sweden played lapdog. Austria annoyed the
I looked up lapdog in the Longman dictionary but couldn’t find it. Is it a newly coined word?
A lap-dog is a dog small enough to sit on someone’s lap. It’s been around for more than 500 years. Used figuratively in your example, it suggests that Sweden is a small pet belonging to the United States and that it will not act aggressively against its owner.