heavy hitter


noun

a baseball player who makes many extra-base hits.
a very important or influential person: the secretary of state and other heavy hitters.

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Origin of heavy hitter

First recorded in 1975–80

OTHER WORDS FROM heavy hitter

heav·y-hit·ter, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heavy hitter

heavy hitter

noun

informal another term for big hitter (def. 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with heavy hitter

heavy hitter

An important or influential individual or organization. For example, This publishing house is one of the heavy hitters in the textbook industry. This expression originated in sports such as boxing, where it literally meant “hitting hard,” and was transferred to other enterprises in the mid-1900s.

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