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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.
Zaka said in the first attempt the PCB had the support of three countries to go against the Big Three Formula, but later, when the board was left alone, he stood firm against the new ruling.
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.
China: Gold s big three were the big three for a long time.
"I think the big three will be able to do more for the category than startups," he said.
And the Big Three with plenty of experience at operating in Asia and elsewhere, will look closely at issues like partnership, facilitation and 'wasta.' And also at issues like the Marina West and Riffa Views sagas, the cancelled low-cost housing and road-building contracts, the collapse of Arcapita and the slowness in settling some major investment disputes through the court system.
The Big Three aggregate information of value to business searchers, making our lives easier by putting everything in one place.
With point guard Rajon Rondo sidelined with a sprained right wrist, the Celtics tied their lowest point total in the four-plus seasons of the Big Three era.
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.
The big three credit ratings agencies--Moody's Investment Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's lost a bit of their luster during the recession as many of their top ratings (AAA) issued during the economy's most recent boom years turned out far more disappointing than expected, especially where real estate was concerned.
REFORM of the system is something we hear from the big three parties.
SALES in the US took a hammering in 2009 with the big three reporting awful figures for the year.
Gresini Honda rider Toni Elias can have hopes of repeating last year's podium, too, and rates an interest without the big three. Ladbrokes - dual forecast: 8-13 Rossi-Lorenzo, 5-2 Rossi-Pedrosa, 8 Lorenzo-Pedrosa, 11-2 any other; without the big three: 11-4 Edwards, 4 De Angelis, Dovisioso, Hayden, Elias, 14 De Puniet, 18 bar.
Between 1975 and 2002, the SEC used the NRSRO designation as its "seal of approval" to select on an informal no action letter basis only a few national credit-rating agencies--Moody's Investors Service, Standard & Poors (S&P) and Fitch Ratings, all based in New York (collectively referred to as the Big Three); plus four other credit rating agencies that ultimately merged into the Big Three.