heavy hitter

noun

Definition of heavy hitter

Examples of heavy hitter in a Sentence

She spoke to a room full of political heavy hitters. Their company is one of the industry's heavy hitters.
Recent Examples on the Web Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult, Matt Sorum secured a reputation as a literal heavy hitter. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 The film has landed another heavy hitter for its male lead. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 Some of the newcomers with great potential include freshman Alison Bent, who has proven to be a heavy hitter. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 31 Mar. 2022 Nancy Meyers’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap—which stars Lindsay Lohan and centers on two twins, Hallie and Annie, who were separated at birth and meet accidentally at a summer camp 12 years later—is hardly a culinary heavy hitter. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 24 Mar. 2022 Its maker wasn’t Purdue, Gonzaga or any heavy hitter. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 Monday’s report is from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a heavy hitter group of hundreds of scientists the United Nations asks to issue major reports every five to seven years about climate change. The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, a brand like Oppo (in the absence of a major new model from sister brand OnePlus) is highlighting what’s on offer for a global audience, with the US sadly missing out on a heavy hitter. Adam Speight, Wired, 28 Feb. 2022 Zaslav is expected to recruit a heavy hitter with strong news experience. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heavy hitter

1922, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Heavy hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20hitter. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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