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29 / 04 / 2009

KING OF THE HILL: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we look at yet another question from one of our readers:

Good morning. In the song "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra there is an expression, "The King of the Hill". Can you explain to me what the meaning of the phrase is?
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Thank you. Mr. Joan Font

When I was a boy, Joan, we used to play a game called "king of the mountain." It is also sometimes called "king of the castle" or "king of the hill". One of us played the "king" and had to stand on top of a mound of dirt, on top of a sofa or another elevated place, while the others tried to push the king off. The person who displaced the "king" would then become the king of the mountain.

In the Frank Sinatra song it is being used metaphorically to mean "in command," "the winner," "successful," "on top of the world" (very happy), etc. Notice that in one of the verses he sings:

I want to wake up in a city, that never sleeps
And find I'm a number one, top of the list, king of the hill
A number one

All of these terms are synonyms with "the best" or "successful."

I hope that helps Joan.

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