big cheese

noun

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Examples of big cheese in a Sentence

thinks he's a big cheese just because he's got a business card

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New Year's Eve begins with music, s'mores, pudgie pies and cheese around a bonfire at 8:30 p.m., then a big cheese drop at 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight at the Plymouth Arts Center. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Cheese Drop, Droppin' of the Carp and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 24 Dec. 2017 All the large dairies in Ireland are investigating alternative varieties, including Edam and Gouda, says one big cheese in the industry. The Economist, "Fearing Brexit, Irish cheesemakers mull a switch to mozzarella," 28 Apr. 2018 Its triad of main characters consists of Eddie Kerrigan, a bagman for a penny-ante racketeer; his charismatic daughter Anna; and Dexter Styles, a dapper nightclub owner and a big cheese in a major crime syndicate. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 29 Sep. 2017 Dude, next time, take your complaint to the big cheese, not the poor working stiff who's outside waiting for a ride. Barbara Hijek, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Food for thought: Be careful when you complain about your meal," 7 Sep. 2017 King is the top name in the women’s game and therefore has the most to complain about in terms of unfair remuneration, a situation the condescending big cheese of the sport, Jack Kramer (a very good Bill Pullman), staunchly refuses to adjust. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Battle of the Sexes': Film Review | Telluride 2017," 3 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of big cheese

1912, in the meaning defined above

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