big daddy


big daddy
(often caps.) Informal.
1. a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family.
2. the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.: the big daddy of soil conservation.
3. the federal government: to thank big daddy for the tax cut.
4. Chiefly Southern U.S. grandfather.
[1950-55]

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