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 So for decades only accredited scholars, the occasional journalist and big cheeses got to see inside. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Following a voting process, this international cut of designers aged under 40 will be whittled down to a final few before the winners are selected by a panel of the conglomerate’s key designers and c-suite big cheeses some time in the summer. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2023 All is fair in love and big cheese. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 2 Feb. 2023 There’s a new big cheese in Wisconsin real estate. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2022 According to Business Insider, the increase in the demand for cheese has caused the product's price to reach record highs, especially since many of the restaurants that are able to remain open with takeout and delivery are big cheese users (think pizzerias and fast-food eateries). Georgia Slater,, 23 June 2020 However, big cheese psychiatrist Kenneth S. Kendler recently posted a brief note defending the decision. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2011 Bob Iger is back as the House of Mouse’s big cheese. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 Una Pizza Napoletana is truly the big cheese: Anthony Mangieri’s Lower East Side pizza joint was just named the best pizzeria in the United States by the 50 Top Pizza organization. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big cheese was in 1885

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“Big cheese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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