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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Big-bug (slang) an aristocrat
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bugge, prob. W. bwg, a hobgoblin.


In literature:

Ascher and Stutz are very big bugs, very big indeed, and they have to keep up appearances.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
These Noo York big-bugs is jes' yelpin' constant fer my polo ponies.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Some big bugs come along and said the Governor sent 'em, and they showed papers and we've got to go.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
In ole times dey wuz 'mongs de big-bugs, en in dem days, w'en ole Miss Goose gun a-dinin', all de quality wuz dere.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
It looked like a big, black bug.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Her big car, with its quick-increasing momentum, had jerked at the bug as though it were a lard-can.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
He is the 'big bug' sort.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
And the bloke who died there was a big bug in England, Bough always thought.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
We uns war ter be giv'n these big-bug niggers' houses, churches an' so on.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
They were seated upon the broad top of a big toadstool at one side, and the musicians were all beetles and big-bugs.
"Twinkle and Chubbins" by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
She had married a man of the name of Carline, real rich and a big bug.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
The hens returned to their search for bugs; but the big collie stayed by her side, whimpering and fondling her hand.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Fact is I didn't know just how big a bug you were until to-day when I arsked some questions.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
But chance, in the form of a Big Bug's visit of inspection, opened the way for a last effort.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
The street on which the proprietor dwells is called Big-bug Avenue.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
I am in with some of the big bugs up at Pretoria, you know.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
The great Washington, Caesar, Horace Greeley, all sich big-bugs, it might take one, two, three years.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
We are all of us big-bugs to-day.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
I wish there was a kettle big enough to boil you and your bugs in before you take on another load.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
He wouldn't tell us who he was, but he was a big bug all right.
"Over the Seas for Uncle Sam" by Elaine Sterne

In news:

Big bug trouble that's tough to squash.
Injury bug continues to bite Wizards' big.
Scientists have noticed a big drop in stink bugs around the region, but it's unclear whether our good luck will last.
Gotta drive to use dry ice not allowed on planes neither is your aeirisoll AXE deordorant or OFF bug spray or your big tube of toofer paste.
7, 2012: Bed bugs are a big problem.
The bug is costing homeowners big time.
Iver's Big Trip: Roma's latest postcard has given Iver the travel bug.
The Big Blue Bug is lighting up Interstate 95 in Providence for the holiday season.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. A tiny bug is causing big problems for citrus growers all over the Southland.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. A tiny bug is causing big problems for citrus growers all over the Southland.
That's where, according to residents, they load up for the big bug hunt .
New group called Big Bug Rescue buys 10-pound crustacean from a Dana Point fish market and releases it into a Laguna Beach marine reserve in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of preserving large, older lobsters .
Spider mites have lots of natural enemies (like lacewings, minute pirate bugs, big eye bugs, and predaceous mites, thrips and midges) that often limit populations.
TINY BUG, BIG IMPACT: All about the emerald ash borer Ash borer as bad as Dutch elm disease.
Cirque du Soleil's 'Ovo': Bugging out extravagantly under the big top.