Big gun



an influential or important person or thing:
He’s a big gun in science.
Contemporary Examples

The Rogue Cop Who Could Get Away Christine Pelisek February 11, 2013
With Guns, the Threatened Can Quickly Become the Threat David Frum January 13, 2014

Historical Examples

Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States Work Projects Administration
Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
The People Of The Mist H. Rider Haggard
In Africa John T. McCutcheon
The Story of a Strange Career Anonymous
The Eternal City Hall Caine
Four Months Besieged H. H. S. Pearse
On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston

noun
(informal) an important or influential person

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