big cheese


Definition of big cheese

Examples of big cheese in a Sentence

thinks he's a big cheese just because he's got a business card
Recent Examples on the Web Lin-Manuel Miranda is the big cheese of the pandemic movie musical. Michael Phillips, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Something that requires light planning, like a pizza night or a big cheese plate for lunch, or elaborate toast. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 The latest batch of earnings calls in October suggest the corporate big cheese are still in good cheer (or at least pretending to be when analysts and shareholders are on the line). John Detrixhe, Quartz, 23 Oct. 2020 What wrought the change was her relationship with the Joker, a big cheese in the stink of Gotham City. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2020 During a preview that touts the under-construction ride called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the lighting makes little Spaceship Earth look like big cheese. Dewayne Bevil,, 2 Oct. 2019 That is hurting farmers that supply big cheese makers, too. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2018 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, 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, 28 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of big cheese

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big cheese was in 1912

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“Big cheese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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