son of a bitch

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Alteration of an earlier phrase represented by Middle English biche-sone (son of a slut, literally slut's son), Old Norse bikkju-sonr (son of a slut).


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son of a bitch (plural sons of bitches or sons of a bitch)

  1. (derogatory, slang, vulgar) An objectionable, despicable person.
    • 1685 John Eachard The grounds & occasions of the contempt of the clergy and religion enquired into London 9th ed. 1685, page 252: "There's that snarling cur, and son of a Bitch Boccaline."
    • 1691 Thomas Shadwell, The Humorists, a Comedy London (1691), page 22: "He had the insolence obliquely to give me the name of Son of a Bitch."
    • 1703, Thomas Brown, Letters from the living to the living, relating to the present transactions both Publick and Private, page 105:
      [] Count Davia, like a Son of a Bitch as he is, Chop'd upon mine and the Duke of Mantuu's Equipage, and rubb'd off with our Plate, Jewels, and other Knicknacks of Inestimable Value.
    “My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch.” — attributed to various people, such as Jack Nicholson and Richard Jeni
  2. (derogatory, slang, vulgar) Any objectionable thing.
    "This son of a bitch won’t move!" Marty exclaimed as he grappled with the supermarket cart.


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son of a bitch

  1. (slang, vulgar) Used to express anger, contempt, astonishment, disappointment, etc.


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