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the Big Three/Four/Five/etc.

A group of three, four, five, etc., people or things that are the most prominent, dominant, or established in an area, field, or discipline. These men came to be known as the Big Six of the civil rights movement, all of whom were instrumental in organizing the famous March on Washington in 1963. It's an open secret that members of the so-called Big Three corporate lobbies have the biggest impact on the crafting of trade legislation in the country.
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the big Three, Four, etc.

the dominant group of three, four, etc. informal
1998 Sunday Telegraph The notion that someone outside the so-called ‘Big Four’—the ministerial group which meets before Cabinet —might be given such status is uplifting.
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According to the research, the Department for International Development awarded PS517million worth of contracts, the Ministry of Defence PS261million and Department of Transport PS73million to the Big Four.
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The market share of the big four in the number of accountants peaked with 35.5 percent in 2009, and has since declined reaching 29.5 percent in 2014, 27.2 percent in 2015 and 26.8 percent in 2016.
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