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bull of the woods

noun
1.
the foreman of a logging operation.
Origin of bull of the woods
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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bull of the woods

noun phrase

  1. The foreman or chief; boss (1920s+ Loggers & truckers)
  2. Any chief or supervisor: Oakes is bull of the woods in the proofroom (1940s+)

[perhaps because the Bull of the Woods was the first locomotive used in logging, in 1852]

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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