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big man on campus

noun

a well-respected or popular student

Examples

As the quarterback on a Division I team, he was regarded as big man on campus.

Word Origin

1923

Usage Note

informal

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big man on campus

noun phrase
  1. A male college student leader; bmoc (1930s+ College students)
  2. Any preeminent man: Griffey is the Mariners' big man on campus (1990s+)

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