a big fish in a little pond

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Definition of a big fish in a little pond

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British
: a person who is very well known or important in a small group of people but who is not known or important outside that group In school he was a big fish in a little pond, but once he moved to the city he was just another struggling actor.

a big fish in a small pond

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Definition of a big fish in a small pond (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US
: a person who is very well known or important in a small group of people but who is not known or important outside that group In school he was a big fish in a small pond, but once he moved to the city he was just another struggling actor.

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“A big fish in a little pond.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20in. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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