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big fish

noun (informal)
an important or powerful person
a big fish in a small pond, the most important or powerful person in a small group
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  • My boatman put on speed, and, as my boat is fast, it did not take us long to get somewhere near where this big fish broke.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Finally the call of my name made me jump as a sardine does when pursued by a big fish.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The shark's triangular jaws snapped upon their prey, biting the big fish in halves.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He has not my intimate knowledge of big fish, but he did not seem to need that.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • As it was, time passed swiftly and as swiftly the big fish battled for freedom.

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
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big fish

noun phrase

An important person; big shot: landed herself a big fish—an old guy with money and power/ the sports authoritarian and local big tuna (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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