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  1. Slang. high-muck-a-muck.
  2. Northwestern U.S. food.
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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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  • Giving him some muck-a-muck, I asked him, "What do you say when you talk over old Gesnip?"

  • "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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