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big wig

1. A prominent or significant person. That guy's a real big wig in the art world, so please don't say anything to embarrass me.
2. Someone who is arrogant or conceited. Quit acting like such a big wig—you're no more important than the rest of us.
See also: big, wig

bigwig

n. an important person; a self-important person. Some bigwig in a pinstripe suit waltzed through and asked me to leave.
References in classic literature ?
'Ay, that he shall,' replied Fagin, 'and we'll have a big-wig, Charley: one that's got the greatest gift of the gab: to carry on his defence; and he shall make a speech for himself too, if he likes; and we'll read it all in the papers--"Artful Dodger--shrieks of laughter--here the court was convulsed"--eh, Charley, eh?'
All the big-wigs trying to look solemn, and Jack Dawkins addressing of 'em as intimate and comfortable as if he was the judge's own son making a speech arter dinner--ha!
We live among bankers and City big-wigs, and be hanged to them, and every man, as he talks to you, is jingling his guineas in his pocket.
If it so happens that there is no fortune large enough to keep open house in this way, the big-wigs of the place choose a place of meeting, as they did at Alencon, in the house of some inoffensive person, whose settled life and character and position offers no umbrage to the vanities or the interests of any one.
This gentleman belonged to a German family of decidedly bourgeois origin, but he had a knack of acquiring the patronage of "big-wigs," and of retaining their favour.
Goretzka fills the model that Spurs big-wig Daniel Levy has adhered to during his time at the club.
All his legal big-wig friends thought it referred to Cornhill in the City of London.
economy slowing down, it would be foolish not to take this precautionary measure," one Televisa big-wig tells Variety.
As Alexander Cockburn predicted in the last issue of The Progressive, Clinton is already making noises about establishing some big-wig bipartisan commission to "reform"' Medicare and Social Security.
AWAIT ructions this month as the Queen entertains former IRA big-wig Martin McGuinness at a Windsor Castle banquet in honour of Michael D Higgins, the Irish president.
One of the country's wealthiest men, former Barclays big-wig Roger Jenkins, is getting divorced from wife Diana and faces divvying up the pounds 300million fortune he has earned since they married.
If he gets his gong he will then be on a par with Everton's chairman, the amiable, experienced Sir Philip Carter, the local big-wig in the Conservative Party.
Leverkusen big-wig Rudi Voeller has already said that Kramer will be returning to the BayArena when his stay with Moenchengladbach ends.
Rita, 23, who flew into LAX with boyf Ricky Hil (right), has just finished filming alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw after being hired by awestruck movie big-wig Harvey Weinstein.
And when the Arab big-wig returns, the slimy sidekick blames Burrell.