- an important or influential person.
Origin of big shot
Examples from the Web for big shot
These are very good times indeed to be a big-shot financier.Wall Street CEOs Say It’s The Best of Times and The Worst of Times
November 12, 2013
But this other big-shot political donor archetype will nonetheless survive.The GOP's Dirty Sexy Money
March 29, 2010
Even as a big-shot CEO, Karmazin had the bluntness you might expect from his roots as the son of a taxi driver.Sirius Radio Crashes to Earth
May 31, 2009
I point out Jesse Jackson behind this California big-shot, and as she turns around he smiles and greets her by name.The Daily Beast D.C. Diary
The Daily Beast
January 19, 2009
- informal an important or influential person
Word Origin and History for big shot
"important person," 1929, American English, from Prohibition-era gangster slang; earlier in the same sense was great shot (1861). Ultimately a reference to large type of gunshot.
Idioms and Phrases with big shot
see under big cheese.