big shot

\ ˈbig-ˌshät How to pronounce big shot (audio) \

Definition of big shot

: a person of consequence or prominence

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Examples of big shot in a Sentence

All the corporate big shots are meeting this afternoon. a big shot in local politics

First Known Use of big shot

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big shot was in 1929

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“Big shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of big shot

informal : a powerful or important person

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