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the granddaddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of his, her, or its kind. I own a lot of vintage cars, but my 1926 Bentley is the granddaddy of them all.
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The Grandaddy of them all, hosting Cal in its attempt to win its first Rose Bowl since 1938, matched against the Scarlet Knights.
But the grandaddy of them all has to be Big Eric's elegant pitch-side pirouette into Crystal Palace 'fan' Matthew Simmonds (nowadays, suprisingly enough, a Millwall fan).
There are now around 1,200 different credit cards available in the UK, and while Barclaycard was the grandaddy of them all, it has been left far behind in today's ultra- competitive market.
When it comes to traditional holiday meals, Thanksgiving is still the grandaddy of them all.
The Cougars relish the underdog role, revel in the fact they were picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 and are now playing New Year's Day as the conference's representative in the grandaddy of them all.