bigger they come, the harder they fall, the

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. Over 20 years, he created an iron-fisted dictatorship, but when the revolution came, he and the small few who controlled the country were summarily executed or driven into exile. Truly, the bigger they come, the harder they fall. That bully thinks he's untouchable, but the bigger they come, the harder they fall.
See also: big, fall, hard

bigger they come, the harder they fall, the

Persons in important positions lose more when they fail, as in Impeaching a President is very painful-the bigger they come, the harder they fall. This expression is believed to come from boxing and gained currency when boxer Robert Fitzsimmons used it in a 1902 newspaper interview before fighting the much heavier James J. Jeffries. It was probably derived from similar adages, such as "The bigger the tree, the harder she falls."
See also: big, hard