big shot

noun \ ˈbig-ˌshät \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of big shot

: a person of consequence or prominence

Examples of big shot in a Sentence

  1. All the corporate big shots are meeting this afternoon.

  2. a big shot in local politics

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First Known Use of big shot

1929


BIG SHOT Defined for English Language Learners

big shot

noun

Definition of big shot for English Language Learners

  • : a powerful or important person



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