big cheese


big cheese
noun
an important influential person
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he thinks he's a big shot

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she's a big deal in local politics

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the Qaeda commander is a very big fish

Syn:
Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism
Hyponyms: ↑knocker, ↑supremo

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noun
slang : a person of consequence : bigwig

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Older Slang.
an influential or important person: Who's the big cheese around here?
[1885-90; see CHEESE3]

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big cheese noun (old sl)
An important person
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Main Entry:big
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big cheese (informal)
A person of importance, a boss
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Main Entry:cheese

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big cheese UK US noun [countable] [singular big cheese plural big cheeses] informal
an important or powerful person
Thesaurus: important and powerful person or peoplesynonym

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big cheese,
Slang. an important or high-ranking person: »

The dame that's the big cheese at Intourist tried to give me a hard time (New Yorker).

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noun
the big cheese
informal : the most powerful or important person

You'll have to ask the big cheese. [=the boss]

Who's the big cheese around here?


Useful english dictionary. 2012.