Origin of muck-a-muck
1840–50, Americanism; see high-muck-a-muck
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"She has spoken, Muck-a-Muck," said the Judge, gazing fondly on his daughter.
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"Man heap dry—this muck-a-muck heap good," said the young fellow, as he handed me a long strip to taste.
At last she said, pointing to the other side of the village, "Over there muck-a-muck, hy-u muck-a-muck."
Why are the feet of Sorrel-top, the white chief, among the acorns of Muck-a-Muck, the mountain forest?
Word Origin and History for muck-a-muck
"(self-)important person," 1912, from Chinook jargon, literally "to eat; food." Also mucky-muck; muckety-muck.
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