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The Dog in the Manger is an historical [morality] tale, sometimes claimed for [Aesop], of a [dog] who (naturally, being a [carnivore|carnivorous] [canine] type of beastie) is able to take no enjoyment from eating [grain]. But the dog of this story naetheless sits in a manger full of grain -- and threatens off other animals ([oxen], in most retellings, [horses] in some, [sheep] or [goat|goats] in a few). The term for some time was in [vogue] as an [idiom] used to refer to somebody who wished to [Is the fact of your certain death enough to prevent you from enjoying life?|prevent others from enjoying something while having no interest in self-enjoyment of that thing either].

Though the phrase is most analogous to [In finite games, one plays within the boundaries; In infinite games, I play with the boundaries|defense against the use of an existing finite resource] -- for example the ardent [bicyclist] who would ban the burning of [fossil fuel|fossil fuels] -- it may be used as well for [This is the concept you will use to make yourself invisible|inexhaustable metaphorical concepts] -- for example the ardent [prude] who has no interest in [pornography], but would wish to ban those who have such an interest from viewing such materials.