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big-time operator

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big-time operator

noun phrase

A person conspicuously active in affairs where tradeoffs, special favors, private understandings, etc, are crucial; machinator; bto, Macher, wheeler-dealer (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Krasnow is a big-time operator; I've always been, you might say, in the peanut end of the game.

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