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big bug

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big bug

noun phrase

An important person; big shot: He was among the big bugs of his own Cabinet (1820s+)

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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  • He wouldn't tell us who he was, but he was a big bug all right.

  • They come to us with letters from Directors or some big bug or other.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • "Must be the son of some big bug," hazarded one of the idlers.

    Bob Chester's Grit

    Frank V. Webster
  • I was convinced he must be a big bug of some kind in the German service.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • I shouldn't have thought a missionary was such a big bug that he could afford to put on frills.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • I've tried my best to abort this big bug, but I can't find anything amiss.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • One day a big bug paid him a visit, and Weeks belched how he had to give up his watch and chain in order to secure luxuries.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • I don't know whether it's wax; but I know that it is a bug, a big bug, that crawled in while I was asleep in the haystack.

  • Although Betty had visited the office occasionally, she had never seen the big bug, as Dick called him.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (
  • I do not know how much powder it will take to knock off the big bug as he is half human.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald

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