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.
The big man in the Middle endures as an archetype, largely because he was so much of what first made basketball unique.
He was a big man with a big engine and big things to do, no matter what the hell anyone else thought.
Adichie knows how to nail a hypocrite, a bigot, a predatory “big man” or academic.
“Vlade Divac did what every big man has been taught their entire life – get the ball away from the basket,” Pollard said.
And yet, “big man in Tehran” also illustrated how Homeland could go wrong in next week's finale.
At the end of the round, the big man was heaving for breath like a foundered horse.
It equals the big man with the little; it fills me to the giant's girth and inches.
The big man, who was crouching on the floor playing with the dog, rose hastily.
At sight of the big man, so cowed and helpless, "God save us!"
A big man with red hair and a heavy jaw who sat next her kept edging up nearer.
A male school or campus leader: the prep school ''big man'' (1920s+ Students)