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big kahuna

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I think it sounds like a great idea, but you'll have to ask the big kahuna first.
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a grand kahuna

A big kahuna is a very important person in an organization. Suncorp Metway big kahuna Steve Jones may be thinking twice about his plans to start a business in North Queensland. Note: The word `kahuna' is from Hawaiian and means `wise man'.
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big kahuna

n. the important person; the knowledgeable authority on some matter. (From the Hawai'ian word for “priest.” Sometimes capitalized.) Joe is the big kahuna around here when it comes to predicting stock market prices.
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To celebrate hitting the milestone of 25 competition medals for its top-selling, award-winning Big Kahuna wines, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market this weekend is holding a special $1 off sale on its most popular - and affordable - line of exclusive wines.
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Photo: Veteran salesman Kevin Spacey, right, tries to needle Christian sales rep Peter Facinelli in ``The Big Kahuna.
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