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Big Foot

or Bigfoot

a very large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit wilderness areas of the U.S. and Canada, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Also called Sasquatch.
Origin of Big Foot
First recorded in 1960-65; so called from the size of its alleged footprints Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Could Geordie get over to see him, and the disarming of Big Foot's band, on the morrow?

    To The Front Charles King
  • Big Foot Wallace had just plunged in his hand when the man began to sob.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The Sport stepped ahead of him, stooped, and —— one Big Foot of the Grind shot out and kicked him into the gutter.

  • In came the woman with the Big Foot, and got a seat near the prince.

  • The tale is told to this day by white-bearded men who maintain that it came to them from the lips of Big Foot Wallace.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The other was that of a big man, or of a man with a Big Foot.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • Against such professional advice, Mary Fogarty had set her Big Foot with an unmovable firmness.

    A Sunny Little Lass Evelyn Raymond
  • Trailer and Big Foot were young still, and about all they could do was to run and howl.

  • The panther had been casting in every direction to see how Big Foot's trail led away from behind the rock.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Slang definitions & phrases for Big Foot

big foot


: George Will used his Big Foot status to get himself invited to sessions that a mere sportswriter wouldn't have been allowed near

noun phrase

  1. A senior editor, important editorialist or columnist, etc: an editor or pundit, a ''big foot'' (1980s+ Newspaper office)
  2. big shot: unlike the national policy big foot she is (1990s+)


: DeeDee Myers was relegated to the sidelines, a victim of David Gergen's Bigfooting in the White House

[fr Bigfoot, one of the designations of Sasquatch, a large hairy humanoid creature thought by some to inhabit the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and probably applied to senior newspaper persons because of metaphorical size and menace]

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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