muck-a-muck

[muhk-uh-muhk]

Origin of muck-a-muck

1840–50, Americanism; see high-muck-a-muck
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Word Origin and History for muck-a-muck
n.

"(self-)important person," 1912, from Chinook jargon, literally "to eat; food." Also mucky-muck; muckety-muck.

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