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king bee

noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
a self-important person.
Origin of king bee
1890-95, Americanism; on the model of queen bee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I wanted to win rank in the army—and I did; I ranked everybody as the king-bee of insubordination.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris

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