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I'm watching a TV show. And there's a situation that someone tried to steal someone's wallet but failed. Then other person said to that thief this.

If you want to lift someone's wallet, don't kiss the dog. Don't let him see your face. You looked him in the eye and lost your nerve.

The only thing I can't understand is 'don't kiss the dog' part. I can't find any idiomatic meaning of that phrase. Does it mean don't look someone's eye?

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Apparently, this quote is from Criminal Minds, an American TV series.

Marvin Caul: If you want to lift someone's wallet, don't kiss the dog.

Finn Bailey: What?

Marvin Caul: Don't let him see your face. You almost had it, then you looked him in the eye and lost your nerve.

Dog can be used to refer to a person, usually informally and offensively. The speaker might say a girl is a dog if they find her unattractive. You might say someone is a dog if you strongly disapprove of them. See definitions 3 and 5.

However, as with many slang words, they can mean the complete opposite. It can be a friendly and casual way to refer to your buddy, to a (usually, male) friend. See my dog.

It can also bear a neutral meaning (just an informal form of addressing a man, boy), which I believe is the case here.

Don't kiss that person.

Don't kiss the man (in question).

Don't interact with them. Don't do anything with/to/around them. Don't make them see/remember/notice you.

The advice is sound - you don't want to kiss a person you are about to steal a wallet from.

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