a big fish in a small pond

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Definition of a big fish in a small pond

chiefly US
: 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 small pond, but once he moved to the city he was just another struggling actor.

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“A big fish in a small pond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20big%20fish%20in%20a%20small%20pond. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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