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Big Bertha

noun Informal.
  1. a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I.
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ordnance, howitzer, mortar

British Dictionary definitions for big bertha

Big Bertha

  1. any of three large German guns of World War I used to bombard Paris
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Word Origin

C20: approximate translation of German dicke Bertha : fat Bertha; named after Bertha Krupp, at whose works in Essen a very effective 42 cm mortar was made
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