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big wheel

noun, Informal.
1.
an influential or important person:
a big wheel in business.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for big-wheel

big wheel

noun
1.
another name for a Ferris wheel
2.
(informal) an important person
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Slang definitions & phrases for big-wheel

big wheel

modifier

: a big-wheel attitude/ Look at the big-wheel label on those jeans

noun phrase

An important person; big shot: Up to that juncture I was boss man of the family and big wheel

[1940s+; probably connected with Chicago underworld use wheels, ''gang chief, big shot,'' attested in 1932]


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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Idioms and Phrases with big-wheel

big wheel

see under big cheese
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