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king bee

noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a self-important person.
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Origin of king bee

1890–95, Americanism; on the model of queen bee
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Historical Examples

  • I wanted to win rank in the army—and I did; I ranked everybody as the king-bee of insubordination.

    Gabriel Tolliver

    Joel Chandler Harris