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big dog

noun phrase

An important and dominating person: This is going to be the year of the Big Dog! (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • He then went to the dwelling of the Fair, when a big dog attacked him "on purpose," and lacerated his trousers.

  • They scream if you tell them there is a mouse in the room, and run if they see a big dog.

    Jack and Jill Louisa May Alcott
  • Among all his foes, the one of whom he stood most in dread, was a big dog called Stickchi.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • He sighed heavily, and shook his head, somewhat after the fashion of a big dog.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • At the moment the eagle dropped with spread talons, the big dog leaped.

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