big gun


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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Meanwhile, in court, some of California’s biggest gun controls are being defended against the firearms lobby by state Atty. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: The California officials working to seize guns from wackos," 13 Aug. 2019 Overall, more than 250 mutual funds and ETFs, including most of the industry's big names, appear on the Morningstar screen for holders of the big gun makers. Natallie Rocha, Fortune, "Here’s How to Find Out If You Own Gun Stocks in Your 401k," 7 Aug. 2019 The shooters used big guns, investigators say, the kind more suited for war, not for mowing down shoppers in a retail store or killing people out for a cocktail and dancing. Byron Mccauley,, "Take a moment and thank the police who run toward danger," 5 Aug. 2019 Manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to rest his big guns for the game, as the Frenchman looks ahead to their crunch fixture against Villareal on Saturday., "Real Madrid Star Casemiro Insists Los Blancos Can Still Close 16-Point Gap on Leaders Barcelona," 8 Jan. 2018 A decade before, the four World War II-vintage Iowa-class battleships were reactivated and returned to duty, their mission to support Marine Corps amphibious landings with their big guns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019 In addition to big gun and drug cases, Hur’s office continues to work on even larger, more complex racketeering cases. Jessica Anderson,, "Federal prosecutors indict 90 members of alleged drug crews in effort to stem Baltimore violence," 1 Aug. 2019 Season 2 left us with Clay holding a big gun in the parking lot outside the school, having successfully talked Tyler out of shooting up the school dance, watching Tony peel away with Tyler in his red 1968 Mustang. Los Angeles Times, "New ‘13 Reasons Why’ trailer shifts from teen suicide to teen murder," 1 Aug. 2019 Clint Eastwood's detective carried a big gun, investigated a Zodiac-like killer and defined a popular genre of vigilante movies. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1970s from 'Jaws' to 'Being There'," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of big gun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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