big daddies

big daddy

noun (often initial capital letters) Informal.
a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family.
the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.: the big daddy of soil conservation.
the federal government: to thank big daddy for the tax cut.
Chiefly Southern U.S. grandfather.

1950–55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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