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a twinkle in (one's) daddy's eye
A phrase used to describe the time before one's birth. I never knew my grandparents. They died when I was just a twinkle in my daddy's eye. Don't lecture me on proper grammar, intern! I've been editing this newspaper since you were just a twinkle in your daddy's eye!
The biggest, most important, or most influential person or thing of its kind. He's the big daddy of the recording industry—no one wields more influence than him.
daddy needs (new) shoes
A phrase said aloud by a man in the hopes of getting good luck in a game of chance, especially before a dice roll. If I roll a seven, I walk out of here with $30,000. Come on, the daddy needs shoes! I'm so close to a bingo. Call D4, already—daddy needs new shoes!
daddy needs a new pair of shoes
A phrase said aloud by a man in the hopes of getting good luck in a game of chance, especially before a dice roll. If I roll a seven, I walk out of here with $30,000. Come on, daddy needs a new pair of shoes! I'm so close to a bingo. Call D4, already—daddy needs a new pair of shoes!
slang Someone who cannot surf, possibly in spite of actions or statements to the contrary. Of course that dude wiped out—he's a total hodaddy!
slang A man who is skilled at seducing or alluring sexual partners; a man who has sex frequently with different partners. He thinks he's a mack daddy cause he slept around a little in college.
not your daddy's
Very modern or updated; no longer what an older generation would expect or be used to. With every building now featuring wireless Internet and touch-screen monitors integrated into the desks in each classroom, this is certainly not your daddy's high school anymore.
See also: not
A man who gives his much younger romantic or sexual partner a lot of money and gifts. Often implies that the financial aspect is in lieu of genuine romantic interest from one or both people in the relationship. I know I shouldn't judge just from appearances, but it certainly seems like Tammy's new boyfriend is a bit of a sugar daddy. Todd is not my sugar daddy! Sure, he treats me to dinner and takes me on vacations now and then, but I pay my own way in life!
A woman who gives her much younger romantic or sexual partner a lot of money and gifts. Often implies that the financial aspect is in lieu of genuine romantic interest from one or both people in the relationship. I know I shouldn't judge just from appearances, but it certainly seems like Tommy's new girlfriend is a bit of a sugar mama. Why else would he be with a woman nearly twice her age? Sarah is not my sugar mama! Sure, she treats me to dinner and takes me on vacations now and then, but I pay my own way in life!
the daddy of them all
The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of a certain kind. I own a lot of vintage cars, but my 1926 Bentley is the daddy of them all.
when (one) was a twinkle in (one's) daddy's eye
At or before one was born. I never knew my grandparents—they died when I was a twinkle in my daddy's eye. I was editing this newspaper when you were just a twinkle in your daddy's eye, so don't presume to lecture me on proper grammar!
Who's your daddy?
A phrase humorously asserting one's superiority or authority over the person to whom the question is posed. I just beat you three games in a row! Who's your daddy?
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daddy of them alland granddaddy of them all
Fig. the biggest or oldest of all; the patriarch. This old fish is the granddaddy of them all. This tree is the daddy of them all. It's been here since the place was built.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. An influential man, a big shot (see under big cheese), as in You'll have to get permission from big daddy. [Slang; mid-1900s]
2. A male sweetheart or friend, often a man considerably older than his female companion; a sugar daddy. [Slang; mid-1900s]
3. Grandfather. This usage originated in the South among African-Americans.
4. The largest or most important person or thing of its kind. For example, The United States has long been the big daddy of the Western Hemisphere, or The blue whale was the big daddy of the ocean. [Slang; 1960s]
granddaddy of them all
The first, oldest, or most respected of its kind, as in That computer is the grandaddy of them all. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
A wealthy, usually older man who gives expensive gifts to someone much younger in return for companionship or sexual favors. For example, The aspiring young actress and the sugar daddy are a classic combination in Hollywood. The sugar in this term alludes to the sweetening role of the gifts, and daddy to the age difference between the pair. [Early 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a ˈsugar daddy(informal) an older man who has a much younger woman as a girlfriend and gives her presents, money, etc: When you tell him that he’s a sugar daddy, he gets very angry. He says she isn’t interested in his money, only in him.
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(grand)daddy (of them all)
n. the biggest or oldest of all; the patriarch. This old fish is the granddaddy of them all.
daddy of them allverb
n. a man who is popular with the ladies. Sam is a real mack daddy. Sure knows how to treat the ladies.
n. an older man who takes care of a younger person, especially a young man or woman. Mr. Wilson is sort of a sugar daddy to the whole team.
Who’s your daddy?
interrog. Who is your boss? It’s me isn’t it? (A reminder of who’s the boss.) Don’t waver. Do it! Who’s your daddy?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
granddaddy of them all
The first, oldest, or greatest example of something. This colloquialism dates from about 1900 and is never applied to a person. For example, “That was the granddaddy of all hurricanes, according to the weather forecaster.” The Persian Gulf War of 1991 gave rise to a similar locution, the mother of all . . . , meaning the greatest or best of something and based on a translation from Arabic. It was first applied by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to a major battle (“the mother of all battles”). At this writing it has not yet supplanted granddaddy, but possibly one day it will.
An elderly man who bestows expensive gifts on a young woman. This term, which uses sugar for the “sweets” of costly gifts and daddy to indicate the difference in the giver and recipient’s ages, dates from the first half of the 1900s. The London Times spelled it out: “Norma Levy, a prostitute, had a sugar daddy called Bunny who paid her rent and gave her a Mercedes car” (Sept. 20, 1973).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer