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big gun

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noun Slang.
  1. an influential or important person or thing: He's a big gun in science.
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Related Words for big gun

dominant, authoritative, leading, persuasive, famous, important, significant, strong, prominent, renowned, preeminent, outstanding, famed, illustrious, distinguished, well-known, noted, big-name, esteemed, ordnance

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Historical Examples of big gun

  • The war services were honeycombed with men who were big-gun experts.

    Our Army at the Front

    Heywood Broun

  • Big-gun teaching is amusing; trigger-teaching is suggestive.

  • I am sure tens of thousands of rifle-cartridges were fired at them, and hundreds of rounds of big-gun shells.

  • A nineteen-year-old big-gun pointer sits atop of his bicycle saddle, and the enemy fleet is swinging into range.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • In big-gun teaching the teacher thinks; in trigger-teaching the teacher thinks how to get his scholars to think.

British Dictionary definitions for big gun

big gun

  1. informal an important or influential person
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