the granddaddy of them all

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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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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]
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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.
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Surely it's only a matter of time before Grandaddy emulate the success of fellow Americans the Flaming Lips.
For much of this show, Grandaddy were more than worthy of this adulation.
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.
It's no bad thing; in fact the broader the range of ingredients, the more stronger the mix (throw in some Grandaddy and Beatles and it's a pretty potent brew).
From the moment those words fell from the lips of Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle, the Glasgow crowd, packed to capacity, were immediately served up a fine evening of the band's experimental mix of west coast pop.
The Big Yin became Big Grandaddy as he went shopping with daughter Cara and his year- old grandson Walter Valentine Connolly-Wilkes in Aberdeen yesterday.
But one band who might just hurdle that transAtlantic gulf this year are Grandaddy, the Californian quintet who rounded off 2000 with a sheaf of five-star reviews from the notoriously hard-to-please UK press.
Owner of Grandaddy Racing, Lackey has secured top short-track driver Jimmy Hensley.
Last week I kick started my, er, double triumvirate with a high-speed chase to the grandaddy of 'em all - the 15- mile Nordschleife at the Nurburgring in the Eiffel mountains of Germany.
Radio 1 Evening Stage: Muse, Shed Seven, Ween, Grandaddy, Soulwax, Clinic, Brassy, Amen, King Adora, Orange Can, The High fidelity, The Lapse.
This is our profession and if you do it with pleasure, then you can go on and on," says grandaddy Reinaldo, 80.
The grandaddy of electro music John Foxx returns and all Britain should celebrate.
The grandaddy of rock festivals unveils its line-up for this year and, as usual, has a host of must-see bands booked.
SADE, Taj Mahal, Grandaddy, All Saints and Magnetic Fields join Jools in the Later studio for an hour of live music.
The 19th-century-set flick is based on the invention of the vibrator - that's right, the Rampant Rabbit's great-greatgreat-great-great grandaddy.