a big fish in a little pond

Definition of a big fish in a little pond

British
: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

big play
  1. : of great strength

  2. : of great force

  3. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. : in a loud or declamatory manner

  2. : to a large amount or extent

  3. : on a large scale

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

  2. : a big player : a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

fish play
  1. : an aquatic animal

  2. : 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 (see caudal 2) 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

  3. : the flesh of fish used as food

  1. : to attempt to catch fish

  2. : to seek something by roundabout means

  3. : to search for something underwater

little play
  1. : not big: such as

  2. : small in size or extent : tiny

  3. : young

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

  2. : not at all

  3. : rarely, infrequently

  1. : a small amount, quantity, or degree

  2. : a short time

  3. : a short distance

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

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

  2. : to collect in or form a pond


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