2An exceptional person or thing.
- Here was another sockdolager; for, when I began to think about it, I could not remember a thing in the Constitution that authorized it.
- Nothing would suit me better than to pull in some of the sockdolagers you'll find in that lake.
- A knock on the head with a stick stilled him, and I had one of the genuine "sockdolagers" of the Indian Lake as my captive.
Mid 19th century: probably a fanciful formation from sock.
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