a man of the highest status or power within a group, as a leader
The idea of a "big man" actually comes from the concept of the leader in American Subarctic cultures.
We stood nose to nose for half a minute, then the big guy put his revolver away, walked to his car, and drove off.
Red-faced now, the big guy pulled out a gun and stuck it in my stomach.
“He wanted to be a big guy and talk to the paper,” Rove said.
He looked at himself in the mirror, and wondered why he was afraid: “I was a big guy.”
“Mr. Anderson was very strong—a big guy, very, very strong,” Neiman said.
"I know that big guy that called us a —- —- —- ——" said the first.
Expected a fight, but some big guy let us in through an airlock.
But I do know there's a big guy down there that come onto the ranch a couple of hours ago an' that don't belong here.
I wouldn't advise you to try that—even if you are a big guy.
He was a big guy from India with all the robes and turban on his head, a big black beard on his face.
Man; fellow •Used in direct address, usually with a flattering or genial purpose: So, big guy, how's it going?/ How's it look up there, big guy? (1980+)