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Big Foot

a very large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit wilderness areas of the U.S. and Canada, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Also, Bigfoot.
Also called Sasquatch.
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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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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