big gun

noun

Definition of big gun

: one having preeminent status or power in a field

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Examples of big gun in a Sentence

for a high-profile case like this, the law firm uses only its big guns
Recent Examples on the Web Reporter Hannah Drown starts shaking just thinking about the moment during the May 30 riot when a Cleveland police officer aimed his big gun at her. cleveland, "Hannah Drown is a trailblazer in a new form of journalism, immersing you in the news: Letter from the Editor," 13 June 2020 That’s why Baudry and his team are bringing in the big guns. al, "Alabama researchers using supercomputers to hunt for coronavirus treatments," 5 May 2020 Then, during the draft, Ballard brought Reich the big guns in potential stars in Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts outfitted Frank Reich with new weapons. Here's how he's going to use them.," 4 May 2020 The big gun also shoots .454 Casull ammo, which, contrary to advertising claims, is only about 100 fps slower. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Best Handguns for Deer Hunting," 8 Oct. 2019 Then, all of that excitement was wrapped up in pulpy, pastiche aesthetics—a big hero with big guns who hates demons and wants to tear out their big guts. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe," 17 Mar. 2020 The big gun manufacturers didn’t waste any time introducing new 3-inch .410 models since ammo companies started loading TSS rounds. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "15 Best Pieces of New Turkey Gear for 2020," 16 Mar. 2020 This red flag law, like the last big gun control law passed by the legislature (the 2013 law restricting gun magazine size) could end up in the courts on constitutional grounds. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Let’s see how new gun law works before pushing for more," 28 Nov. 2019 The Fed has pulled out its big guns, slashing interest rate targets to zero and announcing $700 billion worth of new quantitative easing. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "A Moderate Proposal: Nationalize the Fossil Fuel Industry," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2020

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“Big gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20gun. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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