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a big fish in a little pond

Definition of a big fish in a little pond


  1. :  a person who is very well known or important in a small group of people but who is not known or important outside that group <In school he was a big fish in a little pond, but once he moved to the city he was just another struggling actor.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of great strength

    :  of great force

    :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. :  in a loud or declamatory manner

    :  in a boasting manner

    :  to a large amount or extent

  1. :  an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

    :  major league

  1. :  any of numerous cold-blooded strictly aquatic craniate vertebrates that include the bony fishes and usually the cartilaginous and jawless fishes and that have typically an elongated somewhat spindle-shaped body terminating in a broad caudal fin, limbs in the form of fins when present at all, and a 2-chambered heart by which blood is sent through thoracic gills to be oxygenated

    :  the flesh of fish used as food

    :  a person who is caught or is wanted (as in a criminal investigation)

  1. :  to attempt to catch fish

    :  to seek something by roundabout means

    :  to search for something underwater

  1. :  not big: as

    :  small in size or extent :  tiny

    :  young

  1. :  in only a small quantity or degree :  slightly

    :  not at all

    :  rarely, infrequently

  1. :  a small amount, quantity, or degree

    :  practically nothing

    :  a short time

  1. :  a body of water usually smaller than a lake

  1. :  to block (as a stream) to create a pond

    :  to collect in or form a pond

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to move or pull abruptly

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