big hitter

noun

US
: a notably powerful, prominent, or important person or organization
James Carville was seen dining at The Palm with 20 or so other big hitters who were avoiding the balls, which had underwhelmed them the last time.Eric Konigsberg, Vogue, March 1997
I hired another senior account supervisor who was a really big hitter.Charles Tentrick, Lessons From the Edge, 2003
Madoff was a big hitter so you'd expect him to be using a big hitter's accounting firm to conduct audits and verify his accounts.Jeffrey Robinson, Revelation of Audacious Frauds, Scams, and Cons, 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big hitter was in 1974

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“Big hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20hitter. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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