a big fish

a big fish

An important, successful, or influential person. Meeting a big fish like the company's CEO can be quite an intimidating experience for an intern. I'd rather be a big fish in a small pond than move to New York City and be a nobody!
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a big fish

COMMON If you call someone a big fish, you mean that they are important or powerful. The four who were arrested here last September were described as really big fish by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
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a big ˈfish (in a little/small pond)

an important person but only in a small community, group, etc: I would rather stay here in the village and be a big fish in a little pond than go to the city where no one knows me.
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big fish

n. the boss; the leader. (Underworld.) We took in the little guys, but the big fish got away.
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References in classic literature ?
I think you are cut into baits by the screw, but you dreeft - dreeft to me, and I make a big fish of you.
Laurence hooked up a big fish with the crooked end of his cane and held it out to her.
One day, while he was watching the horses, he came to the banks of a river, and saw a big fish, which through some mischance had been cast on the land, struggling hard to get back into the water.