One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause (someone) to appear heroic or larger than life.‘How are you going to allow teachers to finish their work if you keep bunyanizing them?’
- ‘Besides the creation of artificial folk heroes, or the Bunyanizing of genuine ones, mass culture breeds its own special varieties of folklore.’
- ‘How, then, are you going to allow teachers to finish their work if you keep bunyanizing them?’
- ‘I myself believe that the Gods of all realms, from the lowest to highest, do not want us to bunyanize them, but rather to understand them.’
1950s: after Paul Bunyan, legendary American giant lumberjack.
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