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big daddy

noun, (often initial capital letters) Informal.
a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family.
the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.:
the big daddy of soil conservation.
the federal government:
to thank big daddy for the tax cut.
Chiefly Southern U.S. grandfather.
Origin of big daddy
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His father, big daddy, in his rough, profane way was greatly concerned about his son.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • Nothing that Brock could say to his father was sufficient to cause big daddy to turn away.

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    Reuel L. Howe
Slang definitions & phrases for big daddy

Big Daddy

noun phrase

  1. You there; man; big boy, mac •Term of address used to any man, usually with a view to flattering him (1940s+)
  2. daddy (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. daddy-o (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
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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Idioms and Phrases with big daddy

big daddy

An influential man, a big shot (see under big cheese), as in You'll have to get permission from big daddy. [ ; mid-1900s ]
A male sweetheart or friend, often a man considerably older than his female companion; a sugar daddy [ ; mid-1900s ]
Grandfather. This usage originated in the South among African-Americans.
The largest or most important person or thing of its kind. For example, The United States has long been the big daddy of the Western Hemisphere, or The blue whale was the big daddy of the ocean. [ ; 1960s ]
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