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Great White Father

noun, Facetious.
1.
the president of the U.S.
2.
any man who holds a position of great authority.
Origin of Great White Father
1915-1920
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; after the epithet supposedly used for the U.S. president by American Indians in the 19th century
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  • I was not told it by singing birds, but by the Great White Father at Williamsburgh.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • The Great White Father had forgotten them, he knew, for their rations were long overdue and there was hunger in the camp.

  • A deputation of the great Comanche nation desires to be introduced to my Great White Father.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • He complimented them all upon their bravery and their loyalty to the King, their Great White Father across the ocean.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They profess loyalty to the Great White Father beyond the seas, but they forget his good laws and disobey his officers.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Before the dance the Great White Father was to speak to them; the peace pipe, also, was to be smoked.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Does the Great White Father love to hear our women cry for food?

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Depredations by the Indians remained unpunished; and the fear of the Great White Father grew less and less.

    The Grey Cloak

    Harold MacGrath
  • Instead of having them build a house for himself, he, the Great White Father, turned them over to the great red father.

    The Pocahontas-John Smith Story Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
  • In a moment from behind the ice-hill came a Great White Father bear galloping up as fast as he could to see what the matter was.

    The Counterpane Fairy Katharine Pyle

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