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800–pound gorilla

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noun \ˈāt-ˈhən-drəd-ˈpau̇nd-, -dərd-\

Definition of 800–pound gorilla

  1. :  one that is dominating or uncontrollable because of great size or power <like it or not, the 800-pound gorilla usually sets the standard — Daya Nadamuni>



1976

First Known Use of 800–pound gorilla

1976


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