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King Kong

U.S. film released 1933.

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King Kong definition

One of the most famous of movie monsters, a giant ape who terrorizes New York City and makes his last stand atop the Empire State Building. The story of King Kong was first filmed in the 1930s.

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King Kong

noun phrase

  1. Something huge and threatening; six-hundred-pound gorilla: ''It wouldn't matter if you put King Kong in the Treasury,'' complained Sir Teddy Taylor. ''The Germans control our economy'' (1955+)
  2. Cheap and strong liquor: No six-year-old child got no business drinking that King Kong (1960s+ Black)

[fr the 1933 movie King Kong, about a gargantuan gorilla]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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