800-pound gorilla

noun
\ ˈāt-ˈhən-drəd-ˈpau̇nd- How to pronounce 800-pound gorilla (audio) , -dərd-\

Definition of 800-pound gorilla

: 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

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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