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big man

noun

a man of the highest status or power within a group, as a leader

Examples

The idea of a "big man" actually comes from the concept of the leader in American Subarctic cultures.

Word Origin

1789

Usage Note

informal

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big man

noun phrase

A male school or campus leader: the prep school ''big man'' (1920s+ Students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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