big gun


Definition of big gun 

: one having preeminent status or power in a field

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for a high-profile case like this, the law firm uses only its big guns

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Heynckes was forced to call on the big guns, bringing on both Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski after the interval., "Jupp Heynckes Praises Bayern for 'Excellent Football' as Weakened Lineup Eases Past Hannover," 22 Apr. 2018 After shutting down Argentina’s and Uruguay’s big guns, Kanté faces a special test: Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard is a teammate on English club Chelsea. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: France vs. Belgium," 9 July 2018 And a lot of people—both customers and retailers—are saving up their big guns for Amazon Prime Day, our real national summer shopping holiday. Wired Staff, WIRED, "22 of the Best Fourth of July Tech Deals," 3 July 2018 Also in the focus this week, the market’s biggest guns including Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol will gather in New Delhi for International Energy Forum., "Bloomberg," 21 Apr. 2018 With Belgium drawn in the same World Cup group as England, along with Panama and Tunisia, there will be ample opportunity to impress for the Anderlecht midfielder in Russia, with the Premier League big guns watching., "Anderlecht Midfielder Hoping for Summer Move With West Ham and Liverpool Interested," 23 Mar. 2018 Demolition Ranch—no stranger to shooting thick things with big guns—took to exploring the question in a very direct fashion, by escalating the power of weaponry against a 4-pane and then 5-pane sheet of bulletproof glass. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Gun Does It Take To Get Through a Slab of Bulletproof Glass?," 8 June 2016 Sony wheeled out a few big guns to support its presentation at the CineEurope trade show on Monday. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "CineEurope: Sony Previews 'Venom,' 'Frontrunner' and Tarantino's Manson Thriller," 11 June 2018 Holtby received plenty of help from the stout defensive unit in front of him, which helped limit Bolts' big guns Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos to just one shot apiece on the night. Michael Blinn,, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Holtby, Capitals Shut Out Lightning to Force Game 7," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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