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

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From Palawan the big, big gun could also strike all of Hainan Island, where China’s nuclear ballistic missile submarines are based, and even a small portion of the mainland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s 1,000-Mile Supergun Could Be Aimed at China," 30 Jan. 2019 Export sales of automatic firearms would still go through the State Department’s tougher licensing process, as would sales of big guns such as mortars and howitzers. Susan Waltz, Washington Post, "The Trump administration wants to make it easier to sell U.S. guns abroad. Here’s what you need to know.," 4 June 2018 Williams figures to be one of Oregon's big guns as the Ducks head into this weekend's Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, which begin Saturday at Stanford. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Lauren Rain Williams breaks out to become the Oregon Ducks' next impact sprinter," 10 May 2018 Those big ships had dominated the seas with their big guns, which measured up to 18 inches in diameter in the case of Japan’s Yamato class, with ranges of up to 20 nautical miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 In other words, having fewer big guns on the streets could make gun violence in America less deadly. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One way to reduce gun deaths: restrict big bullets and guns," 28 July 2018 Here’s a bit of trivia for the Philly-phile: Hidden City explains why big guns and cannons used to be half-buried in city curbs and on street corners. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Opioid deaths reveal precarious recoveries, more school money in Pa. budget | Morning Newsletter," 25 June 2018 Newcastle fans have often had to defend their status as one of the big guns of English football. SI.com, "Paul Merson Riles Newcastle Fans & Claims Defender is Good Enough for 'a Big Team'," 1 Apr. 2018 Now's the time to break out the big guns, starting with hair gloss. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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