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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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Meetings with aggregates producers were fruitful, and the attitude was optimistic, despite the 800-lb. gorilla in the room: the FAST Act is running out, well, fast, and the Trump administration has not focused on infrastructure as promised.
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Insurers can negotiate; but Medicare, which is the 800-lb. gorilla in health care, can't use its tremendous market leverage to negotiate lower pharmaceutical prices!
Don't turn an 800-lb. gorilla into an elephant in the living room.
You know that a topic is important when the 800-lb. gorilla in that space takes note of it.
Even it has to contend with some near-term fallout as the 800-lb. gorilla of the information industry (with a quarter of a trillion dollar market value), Google can probably weather the storm.
Wal-Mart is the 800-lb. gorilla, and they think they can do whatever they want.
We are no longer the 800-lb. gorilla. There was an idea that we might lose a share point here or pick up a share point there, but we will always be big.
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The 800-lb. gorilla in the room is the need to reauthorize MAP-21, which expires in 2014.
And while we all know these ventures will most likely pay dividends in the long run for the companies involved and the stockholders, we should also expect that these newly minted 800-lb. gorillas will be in a better position to provide us--the customer--with products and services that not only get the job done, but delight us.
The ongoing feud between Apple and Samsung gets a lot of attention, but those are not the only two 800-lb. gorillas fighting over patents in court.
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