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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Despite the pandemic, executives are more “super excited” than ever," 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, "Harley Quinn Isn’t the Most Criminal Thing in “Birds of Prey”," 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, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: New Epcot preview center gives splashy look at theme park’s future," 2 Oct. 2019 That is hurting farmers that supply big cheese makers, too. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "America Can’t Move Its Cheese," 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, "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

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First Known Use of big cheese

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Big cheese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20cheese. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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