heavy hitter


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She spoke to a room full of political heavy hitters. Their company is one of the industry's heavy hitters.

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Courtesy of Netflix The Oppenheim Group may boast a line up of heavy hitters in its lineup, but newbie Hartley has resumé that's nothing to scoff at. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Who is Chrishell Hartley? The 'Selling Sunset' Star Will Look Familiar," 1 Apr. 2019 Both parties have sent their heaviest hitters to the most high-profile governor races, including the president and vice president for the GOP and former President Obama for the Democrats. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Democrats Poised to Make Gains in Governor Races," 6 Nov. 2018 Everyone’s heard of the heaviest hitters of the Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, and so on. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 No network is attached to the project, but the pilot episode, to be filmed in July, is backed by heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television. New York Times, "Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host," 25 June 2018 In terms of revenue, however, North American esports is still small relative to heavy hitters like the NFL and MLB, which each brought in over $10 billion in 2017, according to reporting by Bloomberg and Forbes. Christopher Ingraham, The Seattle Times, "What’s behind competitive esports events like one where shooting took place," 27 Aug. 2018 Some heavy hitters in the hedge-fund world have seen hot streaks turn into deep slumps after their funds became enormous. Gregory Zuckerman And, WSJ, "Jeffrey Talpins Is the Hedge-Fund King You’ve Never Heard Of," 2 Dec. 2018 Big Gig officials debuted the theme day Thursday, featuring a slew of national acts headlining grounds stages between 4 and 5:30 p.m., a first-time occurrence for a festival accustomed to reserving its heavy hitters for the end of each night. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coverage at Summerfest 2017," 28 June 2017 Now fashion’s heaviest hitters are helping to move the conversation forward: With Alessandra Michele at the helm, Gucci continues to blur the lines between womenswear and menswear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "2018 Was the Year of the Male Red Carpet Peacock," 15 Dec. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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US, informal : an important or powerful person or thing

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