a big wheel

a big wheel

An important, successful, or influential person. After Mark successfully persuaded both sides to pass the budget, people considered him to be quite a big wheel in the political arena.
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big wheel

see under big cheese.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a big wheel

A big wheel in an organization or society is someone who has an important and powerful position in it. He's a big wheel in the Department of Science now. They flew Gene to New York, where Jack's uncle was a big wheel at Memorial Hospital.
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a ˌbig ˈcheese/ˈwheel

(informal) an important person with a lot of influence in an organization, etc: His father’s a big wheel in the textile industry.In this sense, ‘cheese’ comes from the Urdu word chiz, meaning ‘thing’.
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big wheel

n. a very important person. Some big wheel wrote the order. Don’t blame me.
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