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NounEdit

cotton-picking (uncountable)

  1. The harvesting of cotton
    • 1859 Opportunities for Industry and the Safe Investment of Capital
      The season of cotton-picking commences in the latter part of July, and continues without intermission to the Christmas holidays.

AdjectiveEdit

cotton-picking

  1. (US, idiomatic, colloquial) An intensifier, like "darn", used for emphasis or to signify that something is of little value.
    • 1959, U.S. Army Aviation Center, U.S. Army Aviation School, United States Army aviation digest, page 31:
      "Now hold up here just a cotton-picking minute,"
    • 1967, Howard Fast. The Hunter and the Trap, page 14:
      "Oh, wait one damn cotton-picking minute," Andy said.
    • 1975, Richard M Nixon - Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President:
      I think the President's Adviser on Domestic Affairs should keep his cotton-picking hands off the economic policy for a change.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see cotton,‎ picking.
    • 1965, “American law reports annotated. second series”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 76, page 1276:
      "...are not entitled to anything, Mrs. Wright, (referring to one of the appellees), because your son (referring to the deceased, F.A. Wright, Jr.), was a cotton picking Negro."

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