a big shot

a big shot

An important, successful, or influential person. Ever since Jack won the poker tournament, he walks around acting like he's some kind of big shot. Don't forget to dress up for work tomorrow. The company's corporate big shots are coming to visit.
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big shot

see under big cheese.
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a big shot

A big shot is a very important person in an organization. He was a big shot with the local Conservative Association. Note: This expression is used to express disapproval.
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big shot

and bigshot
1. n. a very important person. I’m no big shot, but I do have a little power around here.
2. mod. mighty; overbearing; overly important. If you think that a big shot title impresses me, you’re wrong.
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Your Grandma convinced him he was gone get hisself killed, and so she told him to go be a big shot lawyer and fight for black folks in court, and so he did and got all high falutin' and thank he bettern' anybody else and married a high yaller gal and moved up to Atlanta.