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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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 About the two other weapons systems in the video: The M1128 mobile gun system, armed with a 105mm tank gun was designed to provide big gun support to Stryker units. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon," 8 Nov. 2018 What's more, SNL brought out the big guns, tapping Oscar-winner Matt Damon to make a surprise appearance as Kavanaugh. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Matt Damon Played Brett Kavanaugh During the 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere's Cold Open Last Night," 30 Sep. 2018 But the state Legislature in recent years has remained deadlocked over, or unwilling to pass, most big gun-policy proposals. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks Washington ballot initiative to raise purchase age for semi-automatic rifles," 17 Aug. 2018 Heynckes was forced to call on the big guns, bringing on both Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski after the interval. SI.com, "Jupp Heynckes Praises Bayern for 'Excellent Football' as Weakened Lineup Eases Past Hannover," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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