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big noise

(informal) an important person
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  • And theyre the big noise, nowadays, Belknap returned, unruffled.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • A wedding like that in a town of this size makes a big noise.

  • They had just gotten through when, all of a sudden, they heard a big noise.

  • He drinks and gambles and makes the big noise with his mouth.

  • All I remember is: there was a big noise–a million spears and blunderbusses turned upon poor me!

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
  • You make the big noise in the Federation; but we hold it together for you.

    Impact Irving E. Cox
  • "I was glad to have you up there with the big noise, this morning," Prestonby said.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • “If they have they are making a big noise about it,” answered Captain Putnam.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • He knew what he was about—-trust him at last therefore to make, and to some effect, his big noise.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
Slang definitions & phrases for big noise

big noise

noun phrase

An important person; most influential person: Who's the big noise around here? (1900s+ British)

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