These are very good times indeed to be a big-shot financier.
I point out Jesse Jackson behind this California big-shot, and as she turns around he smiles and greets her by name.
But this other big-shot political donor archetype will nonetheless survive.
Even as a big-shot CEO, Karmazin had the bluntness you might expect from his roots as the son of a taxi driver.
"important person," 1929, American English, from Prohibition-era gangster slang; earlier in the same sense was great shot (1861). Ultimately a reference to large type of gunshot.
•Often used sarcastically: a big-shot chest surgeon/ big-shot notions
A very important person; influential person; leader; big cheese, biggie •Thought to have been taken over from the idiom of Prohibition-age gangsters: eight big shots of various farmers', manufacturers', or veterans' organizations/ ''Hey, bigshot,'' his father would bellow on the telephone (1920s+)