king bee

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noun South Midland and Southern U.S.

a self-important person.

Origin of king bee

1890–95, Americanism; on the model of queen bee
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Examples from the Web for king bee

  • 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