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big kahuna


the most important person; a chief


Ask the big kahuna if it is all right to leave.

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big kahuna

noun phrase

An authoritative person; the chief; big enchilada, honcho: Take the word ''interim'' out of Al Fisher's job description and insert ''big kahuna''

[1950s+; fr Hawaiian kahuna, ''shaman, medicine man, priest''; the term was apparently disseminated by surfers]

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