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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a big shot/wheel

  (American & Australian informal)
an important or powerful person in a group or organization Mr Madison is a big shot in the world of finance.
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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.