snollygoster

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noun snol·ly·gos·ter \ˈsnä-lē-ˌgä-stər\

Definition of snollygoster

US dialect

  1. :  a shrewd, unprincipled person <Truman and Acheson seasoned their correspondence with perceptive comments about the major figures of the day. Truman lamented that Dwight Eisenhower had given in to congressional “snollygosters”—unprincipled politicians. — Orme Wilson>

Origin and Etymology of snollygoster

probably alteration of snallygaster a mythical creature that preys on poultry and children


First Known Use: 1846


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