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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.
See also: big, five, four, three

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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The Big Three host both air and naval bases, and they support an ever-growing People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), China Coast Guard (CCG), and fishing fleet presence across the southern portion of the South China Sea.
Shahryar Khan said the new constitution of ICC will be presented in June this year, and the matter of Big Three would have ended by then.
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For example, Sri Lanka Cricket loses money on Test tours featuring all countries bar the Big Three and Pakistan.
The submission also shows that the Big Three carriers have gained more than $70 billion in benefits from US Government authorities, and through legal processes such as Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, over the last 15 years.
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This volume outlines the historical changes that resulted in increased student diversity at the "Big Three." Perhaps most fascinating is the look at anti-Semitism in the admission policies at all three universities and its reflection of attitudes in the US at large.
DAN BIGGAR says Wales are "fed up" of narrow defeats against the southern hemisphere big three and claims everyone inside the camp knows defeat today against Australia is "not good enough".
It wasn't long ago that the "big three" tobacco manufacturers were like wallflowers in the electronic cigarettes arena, content to watch the dance from the sidelines.
The photos have been taken, the banquets done and the papers punctuated with fine words of praise for the new relationship like, "offering scope," "harnessing opportunity" and "development opportunities." And rightly so, but let us temper things with a touch of realism too following the recent whirlwind of interest in Bahrain by the North Asian "Big Three" Japan, South Korea and China.
The Big Three aggregate information of value to business searchers, making our lives easier by putting everything in one place.
BOSTON - As far as Kevin McHale is concerned, the Celtics' current Big Three are better off than his Big Three were late in their Celtics careers.
EBITDA margin increased 2.3 ppt YoY to 39.4%, which is only slightly weaker than the levels reached by the Big Three, which dominate Russia's mobile market.
PARIS: The Big Three credit rating agencies, under fire for failing to anticipate the global financial crisis, have spurred new players to offer alternatives but the trio's dominance of the sector seems secure for the moment, analysts said.