Big fish



noun (informal)
an important or powerful person
a big fish in a small pond, the most important or powerful person in a small group
Contemporary Examples

Indian and Pakistani Leaders Seek to End Their Cold War, but Will the ‘Deep State’ Allow Peace? Bruce Riedel May 25, 2014
Elvis Costello Snubs Israel Roi Ben-Yehuda May 19, 2010
Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book Thomas Flynn October 4, 2013
Richard Holbrooke’s Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde David Rohde November 25, 2011
My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend Andy Hinds March 24, 2014

Historical Examples

Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
Third Warning Roy J. Snell

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