Also, big frog in a little pond. A person who is important in a limited arena; someone overqualified for a position or in relation to colleagues. For example, Steve has both a Ph.D. and an M.D., yet he’s content with his practice at a rural hospital; he prefers to be a big fish in a little pond. The expression big fish has been slang for an important or influential person since the early 1800s. The addition of in a small pond as a metaphor for an unimportant organization is more recent, as is the substitution of frog. Another variant is the proverb Better a big fish in a little puddle than a little fish in a big puddle.
- Big five
the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan during World War I and at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. (after World War II) the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France. noun the Big Five the five countries considered to be the major world powers. In the period immediately following […]
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 […]
- Big game
large wild animals, especially when hunted for sport. large fish, as tuna and marlin, when sought by deep-sea anglers. a major objective, especially one that involves risk. Contemporary Examples Super Bowl: The Best That Never Was! Buzz Bissinger February 3, 2011 How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His […]
- Big government
noun (derogatory, mainly US) a form of government characterized by high taxation and public spending and centralization of political power Contemporary Examples The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama Lloyd Green June 29, 2013 The Rise of the New New Left Peter Beinart September 11, 2013 How Do You Win the VP Debate? David Frum October […]