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Slang definitions & phrases for sumbitch

son of a bitch


An exclamation of anger, annoyance, amazement, disappointment, etc: Son of a bitch! The thing's busted again!

n phr,n

  1. A despicable person; bastard, shitheel: I told the son of a bitch what I thought of him (entry form 1707+, variants 1975+; gun 1786+)
  2. Something very difficult or vexatious, esp a hard task: Getting that thing fitted was a son of a bitch
  3. A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; bitch: Their new album is a son of a bitch, I tell you/ a big son of a buck

[the son of a gun variant was said by Admiral Smythe to have been ''originally applied to boys born afloat,'' at a time when women could accompany men to sea, and when children could be born and cradled under a gun or gun carriage, hence have no proper legitimate parentage]


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