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[soo-ner] /ˈsu nər/
a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.
a person who gains an unfair advantage by getting ahead of others.
Origin of sooner
1885-90, Americanism; soon + -er1


[soo-ner] /ˈsu nər/
a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma (the Sooner State, ) (used as a nickname). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sooners


the comparative of soon he came sooner than I thought
rather; in preference: I'd sooner die than give up
no sooner…than, immediately after or when: no sooner had he got home than the rain stopped, no sooner said than done
sooner or later, eventually; inevitably
Usage note
When is sometimes used instead of than after no sooner, but this use is generally regarded as incorrect: no sooner had he arrived than (not when) the telephone rang
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son of a bitch


An exclamation of anger, annoyance, amazement, disappointment, etc: Son of a bitch! The thing's busted again!

n phr,n
  1. A despicable person; bastard, shitheel: I told the son of a bitch what I thought of him (entry form 1707+, variants 1975+; gun 1786+)
  2. Something very difficult or vexatious, esp a hard task: Getting that thing fitted was a son of a bitch
  3. A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; bitch: Their new album is a son of a bitch, I tell you/ a big son of a buck

[the son of a gun variant was said by Admiral Smythe to have been ''originally applied to boys born afloat,'' at a time when women could accompany men to sea, and when children could be born and cradled under a gun or gun carriage, hence have no proper legitimate parentage]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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