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Big Foot

or Bigfoot

a very large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit wilderness areas of the U.S. and Canada, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Also called Sasquatch.
Origin of Big Foot
1960-65; so called from the size of its alleged footprints


[big-foo t] /ˈbɪgˌfʊt/ Slang.
noun, plural bigfeet, bigfoots.
a prominent or influential person, especially a journalist or news analyst.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to assert one's authority or influence (over):
lobbyists bigfooting around the Senate; a reporter bigfooted by a senior correspondent.
1975-80, Americanism; after Big Foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Could Geordie get over to see him, and the disarming of Big Foot's band, on the morrow?

    To The Front Charles King
  • Big Foot Wallace had just plunged in his hand when the man began to sob.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The Sport stepped ahead of him, stooped, and —— one Big Foot of the Grind shot out and kicked him into the gutter.

  • In came the woman with the Big Foot, and got a seat near the prince.

  • The tale is told to this day by white-bearded men who maintain that it came to them from the lips of Big Foot Wallace.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • The other was that of a big man, or of a man with a Big Foot.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • Against such professional advice, Mary Fogarty had set her Big Foot with an unmovable firmness.

    A Sunny Little Lass Evelyn Raymond
  • Trailer and Big Foot were young still, and about all they could do was to run and howl.

  • The panther had been casting in every direction to see how Big Foot's trail led away from behind the rock.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
Word Origin and History for Big Foot



supposed elusive man-like creature of the Pacific Northwest, 1963, from big (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Big Foot

big foot


: George Will used his Big Foot status to get himself invited to sessions that a mere sportswriter wouldn't have been allowed near

noun phrase

  1. A senior editor, important editorialist or columnist, etc: an editor or pundit, a ''big foot'' (1980s+ Newspaper office)
  2. big shot: unlike the national policy big foot she is (1990s+)


: DeeDee Myers was relegated to the sidelines, a victim of David Gergen's Bigfooting in the White House

[fr Bigfoot, one of the designations of Sasquatch, a large hairy humanoid creature thought by some to inhabit the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and probably applied to senior newspaper persons because of metaphorical size and menace]

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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