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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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daddy of them all

 and 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.
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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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granddaddy

verb

daddy of them all

verb
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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.
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The Harbarths learned about Granddaddy on a television news report, but craning their necks to see it in person was something else entirely.
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As I drove Granddaddy to Florida with my Mom and best friend in tow, he refused to utter more than four words from the backseat: "Are we there yet?"
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Of course, the granddaddy of them all, the 1929 stock market crash, gave us some of the most lasting--and most respected--rules and regulatory bodies, among them the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Granddaddy would say you had to go when the fish were biting.
The granddaddy is Superior Aged Vintage Cheddar, which is aged two years.
(Lots of letters, we know, but not acronyms, as Wood might point out: Acronyms are initials that are pronounced as a word, as opposed to initialism--when you actually spell out the initials of such an abbreviation.) It was in that October issue of CW that Wood made his reappearance as wordsmith granddaddy with his new column, "Wood on Words."
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