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Big shot

an important or influential person.
Contemporary Examples

Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards? Barbie Latza Nadeau December 4, 2014
Bill Lynch, the Culminator Michael Tomasky August 11, 2013
Rift Imperils Ground Zero Mosque Asra Q. Nomani August 29, 2010

Historical Examples

Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
The Naval History of the United States Willis J. Abbot.
Third Warning Roy J. Snell
Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins Nell Speed

(informal) an important or influential person
see under big cheese


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