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big dog

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big dog

noun phrase

An important and dominating person: This is going to be the year of the Big Dog! (1840s+)

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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  • The brother had the compartment next to that woman, with the big dog.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Dick shook himself like a big dog, throwing off as much of the water as he could.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Kate went off to it, and Pete followed like a big dog at her heels.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The very dogs can give us lessons— watch a big dog with a little one.

  • He was afraid that it might be a wild animal, a traditional bear or a big dog.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes

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