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big gun

noun, Slang.
1.
an influential or important person or thing:
He's a big gun in science.
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Examples from the Web for big guns
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  • Our big guns roared from sunrise to sunset, and began again in the morning.

    The Comrade In White W. H. Leathem
  • big guns were made of drain-pipes and shields of the wood from packing-cases.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • Wonder why the big guns at Washington don't try a hand at helpin'?

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • He held up one or two small mines before the big guns got wise.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • The big guns were busy; even the ladies must await their pleasure.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for big guns

big gun

noun
1.
(informal) an important or influential person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for big guns

big guns

Related Terms

heavy artillery

heavy artillery

noun phrase

The most impressive and persuasive arguments, evidence, persons, etc, available: The Republicans are rolling out their heaviest artillery for this debate/ Against these big critics' big guns I offered the author some shelter (first form 1809+)

big gun

noun phrase

big shot (1830+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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