bigwig

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bigwig

1. A prominent or significant person. That guy's a real bigwig 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 bigwig—you're no more important than the rest of us.

bigwig

n. an important person; a self-important person. Some bigwig in a pinstripe suit waltzed through and asked me to leave.
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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!
'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?'
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.
REFEREES' chief Mike Riley (below) has held "constructive" talks with UEFA big-wigs Pierluigi Collina and Roberto Rosetti as the Premier League try to head off VAR chaos.
The Council is being represented by all the big-wigs of the industry, on a national level.
The CDA land encroached by big-wigs along the GT Road is yet to get attention of the city managers.
But having political association with different big-wigs, he was promoted again BPS -19 and BPS-20 for which the petition was filed against him in the SC, and court passed order through judgment dated: 24-10-2016 In Criminal Original Petition No.
However, it is hard to believe that the PTI's big-wigs were unaware of who they were awarding a party ticket to, especially when a relatively younger lot was quick to point at Bandial's past criminal record as the case was a high-profile one of the late 1970s.
He said big-wigs directly come into the ambit of direct tax, which was matter of nuisance for them so these big-wigs were using the poor.
Especially in Birmingham, where our city's big-wigs in the children's department, and in education, have been forced to admit they've all cocked-up horribly and, in that old litany, "will learn from mistakes".
I HOPE the big-wigs at MK Dons have given serious thought to the consequences of Spurs playing home matches at Stadium MK.
Medical big-wigs from the world over are expected in Dubai to attend the fifth annual Autism Around The World Conference on February 20 and 21.
The well-paid lawmakers and government big-wigs even demand Rs20 per kilometer under the head of fuel charges plus a 50 percent hike in TA/DA allowance.