big shot

big shot

noun Informal.
an important or influential person.

1905–10 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
big shot
informal an important or influential person

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
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Word Origin & History

big shot
"important person," 1929, Amer.Eng., from Prohibition-era gangster slang; earlier in the same sense was great shot (1861).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary

big shot definition

and 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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

big shot

see under big cheese.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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