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Big Bertha

noun, Informal.
1.
a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I.
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  • To-morrow, Im going to see Big Bertha, and get him to let me run the camp for a while, sos you can take a trip.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • When Tom came back, he reported that it was all right, Big Bertha had not kicked at all.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Even if Big Bertha started up again, we were as safe from shells in our own home as anywhere else.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • I said to myself, "I am going to forget Big Bertha and put my mind on the children's treat—hot buttered toast for breakfast."

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for Big Bertha

Big Bertha

noun
1.
any of three large German guns of World War I used to bombard Paris
Word Origin
C20: approximate translation of German dicke Bertha: fat Bertha; named after Bertha Krupp, at whose works in Essen a very effective 42 cm mortar was made
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Slang definitions & phrases for Big Bertha

Big Bertha

noun phrase

Any very large cannon

[fr WWI; said to be fr Frau Bertha Krupp, a member of the German armaments-making family]

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