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big man on campus

A very well-known and influential male student, usually in college. The phrase can be used derisively, especially when aimed at someone deemed conceited. All the girls swooned as the big man on campus walked by on his way to football practice. Jake acts as if he's the big man on campus, but none of the popular kids actually know who he is. We'll definitely get into this party if we're with the big man on campus!
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big man on campus

Sl. an important male college student. (Often derisive or jocular.) Hank acts like such a big man on campus. Let some big man on campus do the dirty work for a change.
See also: big, campus, man, on

*off campus

not located or present on the grounds of a college or university. (*Typically: be ~; live ~; move~.) Tom has an apartment off campus. The dean is off campus and cannot be reached.
See also: campus, off

on campus

located or being on the grounds of a college or university. Do you live on campus or off campus? I don't think that Lisa is on campus right now.
See also: campus, on

big man on campus

n. an important male college student. (See more examples at BMOC.) Hank acts like such a big man on campus!
See also: big, campus, man, on

big woman on campus

n. an important female college student. (See more examples at BWOC.) Helen acts like such a big woman on campus!
See also: big, campus, on, woman
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