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a big shot
1. noun An important, successful, or influential person. Ever since Jack won the poker tournament, he walks around acting like he's some kind of big shot. Don't forget to dress up for work tomorrow. The company's corporate big shots are coming to visit. Don't forget about us after you've become a big shot out in LA!
2. adjective Indicative of power or importance. I doubt that a big shot office will entice her to work here. Who cares what some big-shot publisher thinks? I love your book! Do you think people around here would take me more seriously if I carried a big shot briefcase?
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see under big cheese.
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a big shot
A big shot is a very important person in an organization. He was a big shot with the local Conservative Association. Note: This expression is used to express disapproval.
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big shotand bigshot
1. n. a very important person. I’m no big shot, but I do have a little power around here.
2. mod. mighty; overbearing; overly important. If you think that a big shot title impresses me, you’re wrong.
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