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 The Pirates are led by senior guards Hacking and Elle Infalvi, while Poland’s big gun is Jackie Grisdale. Joe Magill, cleveland, "For Hoban coach Pam Davis, Canton McKinley game isn’t personal; it’s more about personnel: Girls basketball regional preview," 2 Mar. 2021 Miller noted that the last big gun case the Supreme Court handled was the landmark Heller decision. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Judges erase ‘and bear arms’ from Second Amendment," 25 Mar. 2021 The 3½-inch 12-gauge load made the 10-gauge shotgun obsolete, but the big gun made a comeback in the 1990s when steel shot was required to hunt waterfowl. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The 10-Gauge vs. 12-Gauge Shootout: The 10 Is Still a Long-Range Hammer on Turkeys and Geese," 18 Mar. 2021 The result was a big gun weighing nine pounds with 32-inch barrels. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Best New and Used Break-Action Waterfowl Shotguns," 2 Dec. 2020 Three members of the court dissented, however, expressing concern that lower federal courts are not properly applying the court’s two big gun rights decisions from 2008 and 2010. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "From health care to the election, here are the issues a more conservative Supreme Court could decide," 27 Sep. 2020 Three members of the court dissented, however, expressing concern that lower federal courts are not properly applying the court's two big gun rights decisions from 2008 and 2010. Jessica Gresko, Star Tribune, "On guns, abortion, high court could become more conservative," 27 Sep. 2020 Waterfowl require a big gun like a 3- or 3½-inch 12-gauge with a 28- or 30-inch barrel. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 5 Shotguns You Need for North American Wingshooting and Bird Hunting," 6 July 2020 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

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Big gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20gun. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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