the Big Three/Four/Five/etc.

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the Big Three/Four/Five/etc.

A group of three, four, five, etc., people or things that are the most prominent, dominant, or established in an area, field, or discipline. These men came to be known as the Big Six of the civil rights movement, all of whom were instrumental in organizing the famous March on Washington in 1963. It's an open secret that members of the so-called Big Three corporate lobbies have the biggest impact on the crafting of trade legislation in the country.
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the big Three, Four, etc.

the dominant group of three, four, etc. informal
1998 Sunday Telegraph The notion that someone outside the so-called ‘Big Four’—the ministerial group which meets before Cabinet —might be given such status is uplifting.
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Firms were categorized into three groups: the Big 5, firms with over 20 members and all others.
The survey revealed that in the non-Big-5 firms, only 6% of professionals transferred from an audit to a tax division; in the Big 5, only 10% did likewise.
For new hires in tax, 59% percent in the non-Big-5 and 32% in the Big 5 came from other firms.
Comparing the Big 5 to the non-Big-5 firms indicated that new hires demonstrated a more satisfactory initial performance in the Big 5.
Oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking, received high ratings from the Big 5. Further, the initial job performance of new hires was better in this group, which can probably be attributed to their additional education.
In general, the response from the Big 5 was unexpected.