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big fish

noun (informal)
an important or powerful person
a big fish in a small pond, the most important or powerful person in a small group
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  • Finally the call of my name made me jump as a sardine does when pursued by a big fish.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • As she had just caught her first big fish, it was, perhaps, the latter.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • This must have been a lane for big fish to come inside the barrier.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The big fish began to come nearer and also he began to get mad.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He has not my intimate knowledge of big fish, but he did not seem to need that.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
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big fish

noun phrase

An important person; big shot: landed herself a big fish—an old guy with money and power/ the sports authoritarian and local big tuna (1830s+)

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