Definition of cotton-picking in US English:


(also cotton-pickin')


North American
  • Used for emphasis, especially with disapproval or reproach.

    ‘just a cotton-picking minute!’
    ‘he's a cotton-pickin' liar!’
    • ‘And I hope he'll remember me and Fred, and keep his cotton-picking paws off my fiancée's sunflowers.’
    • ‘So why is my cotton-picking mind thinking about hamburgers?’
    • ‘Well, one mighty big business that has been especially loud about telling government to keep its cotton-picking hands out of their business is the meat industry.’
    • ‘But hang on just one cotton-picking minute!’
    • ‘I said, ‘Wait a cotton-picking minute - I've always known him, knew he was a good operator and all that, but don't talk to me about taking over this thing now.‘’