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boll weevil

a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.
Informal. (especially in the U.S. Congress) a Southern Democrat with conservative views who often votes with the Republicans as part of a Southern or conservative power bloc.
Origin of boll weevil
1890-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The boll-weevil is a beetle about a quarter of an inch in length.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The boll-weevil, like the legal and medical professions, thrives upon the follies of humanity.

  • They seemed to have the pip, or glanders, or boll-weevil, or something unpleasant.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • The control of the boll-weevil is considered one of the most serious problems confronting the agricultural men of the country.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for boll-weevil

boll weevil

a greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bolls See also weevil (sense 1)
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boll weevil

noun phrase

A conservative Southern Democrat who votes with Republicans in Congress

[1900s+; fr the insidious reputation of the boll weevil, an insect that eats cotton bolls]

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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