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800-pound gorilla

A person, group, or organization so powerful (either by size or by influence) that it does not need to heed the rules or threats of others. It refers to the riddle "Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?" (Answer: "Wherever it likes.") Primarily heard in US. Don't mess with that guy; he's like an 800-pound gorilla! These big corporations act like 800-pound gorillas, making up the rules to suit themselves.
See also: gorilla
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We must take, then, for our starting point, this velocity of 800 yards.
FireWire 800 sets the stage for a huge leap in performance between Macintosh platforms and their peripherals, giving professionals even more power to harness their creative ideas," said Dominique Battalier, LaCie's director for product development.
According to Judith Oppenheimer of the ICB Consultancy, "Businesses of all sizes are clamoring for access to invaluable 800 numbers, and current FCC policies curb orderly transfer and ownership of these assets.
Vitti, who is currently a director of 800 Travel Systems, and has served on the Company's board since July 10, 2000, is one of the Company's largest shareholders through direct and indirect holdings.
To provide its customers with discounted domestic airfares, IVL is directing all domestic airfare requests generated by its over 1,000 travel Websites to 800 Travel Systems.
Vanity 800 numbers come with many benefits for marketers - they are easy to remember for consumers, and they are easy to track and record, which helps marketing executives measure advertising campaign effectiveness," Knisbacher goes on to say.
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Aug 17-20: Learn crucial verbal intervention skills and prevent crisis situations; Crisis Prevention Institute; Vancouver; 800.
WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Exercising their new rights in anticipation of the historic start of 800 portability on May 1, more than 50 of America's largest corporations and four state governments collectively will switch an estimated one thousand 800 numbers from AT&T to MCI, MCI announced today.
Flexible Parallel Test Solution for Agilent 93000 SOC Series Tester Offers Industry's Broadest Scalability, Up to 2048 Pins and 800 Mb/s Per Pin
com Attendance in 2004: 800 Number of exhibitors in 2004: 75 Price of one exhibit space: $500 ($250 for frequent advertisers) for 10' by 8' indoors, 20' by 20' outdoors 2005: Nov 2, Fresno County, CA
July 27-30: Learn crucial verbal intervention skills and prevent crisis situations; Crisis Prevention Institute; Calgary; 800.
ATLANTA, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- American businesses using 800 service and anticipating 800 Independence Day on May 1, today gained a new competitive advantage -- peace of mind.