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Big Bertha

noun, Informal.
a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • When Tom came back, he reported that it was all right, Big Bertha had not kicked at all.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Even if Big Bertha started up again, we were as safe from shells in our own home as anywhere else.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • I said to myself, "I am going to forget Big Bertha and put my mind on the children's treat—hot buttered toast for breakfast."

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • To-morrow, Im going to see Big Bertha, and get him to let me run the camp for a while, sos you can take a trip.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for Big Bertha

Big Bertha

any of three large German guns of World War I used to bombard Paris
Word Origin
C20: approximate translation of German dicke Bertha: fat Bertha; named after Bertha Krupp, at whose works in Essen a very effective 42 cm mortar was made
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Slang definitions & phrases for Big Bertha

Big Bertha

noun phrase

Any very large cannon

[fr WWI; said to be fr Frau Bertha Krupp, a member of the German armaments-making family]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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