big gun

noun

Definition of big gun

: one having preeminent status or power in a field

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, 2 Mar. 2021 Miller noted that the last big gun case the Supreme Court handled was the landmark Heller decision. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 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, 18 Mar. 2021 The result was a big gun weighing nine pounds with 32-inch barrels. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big gun was in 1830

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“Big gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20gun. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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