butter-and-egg man n.
1. (US) a prosperous farmer or small-town leading citizen who comes to the big city and poses embarrassingly as a playboy.
|New York Day by Day 10 Dec. [synd. col.] They are the boys below the scale of the heavy sugar papas and butter and egg men and are designated bracelet buyers.|
|[song title] Big Butter and Egg Man.|
|Showgirl 13: I could walk around with a lot of rhinestones on and look sneerful at all the big butter-and-eggers out front.|
|(con. late 1920s) Little Ham Act II: tiny: Who you goin’ with, Sugar Lou? sugar lou: A new hot papa [...] that is, if I can sneak away from my butter and egg man.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 26 Feb. 11/1: Marshall Miles, Della’s big butter and milk man from Buffalo.|
|Really the Blues 69: He puffed on the big cigar [...] and posed back like a big butter-and-egg man.|
|Advertiser (Adelaide) 28 Jan. 2/6: We have been cast as big butter and egg men, boastful, money-proud, bloated and meddlesome.|
|Playback 71: Cynical as a Park Avenue pet after her butter and egg man goes home.|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 414: I’m women’s answer to the butter-and-egg man.|
|(con. 1968) Citadel (1989) 91: Jesus. Another butter and egg salesman from Cornshuck.|
|City in Sl. (1995) 77: A special variety of the big spender was the (big) butter-and-egg man. He was a national social type, one of those out-of-town businessmen who showered night clubs with money. He always seemed to be from the Middle West and rich from a prosperous dairy business.|
|Die a Little (2008) 227: Don’t want to lose the butter and egg man.|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Waukesha Dly Freeman (WI) 12 Apr. 3/2: Friends are trying to get up a stir for the butter-and-egg candidate [...] just in time to catch the farmers’ gathering.|