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  • Obs. A popular corruption or perversion of the Dutch Hoogmogendheiden, 'High Mightinesses,' title of States-General of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. (Hence, any grandee or high and mighty person: used humorously or contemptuously of a person in power or who arrogates or affects authority, or a Dutchman of this sort.)

    August 6, 2008