a very large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit wilderness areas of the U.S. and Canada, especially the Pacific Northwest.
a prominent or influential person, especially a journalist or news analyst.
to assert one’s authority or influence (over):
lobbyists bigfooting around the Senate; a reporter bigfooted by a senior correspondent.
Contemporary Examples

Conservatives, Fired Up Christopher Buckley February 20, 2010
Monster Porn Is the Latest Wrinkle in Self-Published Smut Lizzie Crocker January 13, 2014

Historical Examples

Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest J. Frank Dobie
Hopalong Cassidy’s Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
Hopalong Cassidy’s Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford


A senior editor, important editorialist or columnist, etc: an editor or pundit, a ”big foot” (1980s+ Newspaper office)
big shot: unlike the national policy big foot she is (1990s+)


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