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big gun

noun, Slang.
an influential or important person or thing:
He's a big gun in science. Unabridged
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  • A nineteen-year-old big-gun pointer sits atop of his bicycle saddle, and the enemy fleet is swinging into range.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • The war services were honeycombed with men who were big-gun experts.

    Our Army at the Front Heywood Broun
  • big-gun teaching parades; trigger-teaching stays in the tent and issues orders.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • It was an Italian big-gun position, and orders were given for it to be retaken at any cost.

  • big-gun teaching develops the teacher; trigger-teaching develops the scholar.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • On the contrary, the trigger-teacher has to put ten times more of himself into every lesson than the big-gun teacher.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • big-gun teaching is amusing; trigger-teaching is suggestive.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • In big-gun teaching the teacher thinks; in trigger-teaching the teacher thinks how to get his scholars to think.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • They reckon Tosher is push-and-go stuff, and want to rig me out as a big-gun in the fightin business.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Let no one pass from big-gun teaching to trigger-teaching with the idea that the latter will prove the easier.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for big-gun

big gun

(informal) an important or influential person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for big-gun

big gun

noun phrase

big shot (1830+)

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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