heavy hitter

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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.

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Spray: Sprays also had some heavy hitters with five formulas scoring recommendations from Consumer Reports. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Consumer Reports' 5 Best Sunscreens for Summer," 11 May 2018 Against a strong Sandra Day O'Connor (39-5-2) team that had some heavy hitters up front, Desert Vista (38-9-1) found extra gears to get to just about every ball that was drilled to its side. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Desert Vista captures 6A boys volleyball title for Alex DePriest," 11 May 2018 Day two of CMA Fest, which runs June 7-10, brought several more heavy hitters to the Nissan Stadium stage in Nashville. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "CMA Fest 2018: Backstage With Luke Combs, Brett Young, Old Dominion, Charley Pride & Midland," 9 June 2018 Social-Cognitive Albert Bandura and Walter Mischel are the heavy hitters of this theory. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Personality," 15 June 2018 Bee beat out such heavy hitters as Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Seth Meyers for her nomination in the top talk race. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samantha Bee Says C-Word Debacle Came With "Steep Learning Curve"," 12 July 2018 Forecastle will have four total stages, with heavy hitters such as Stapleton and Arcade Fire on the Mast stage alongside crowd favorites Jason Isbell, Father John Misty, Houndmouth, White Reaper and Trampled By Turtles. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Forecastle Festival adds a shot of Teddy Abrams to boost local flavors," 3 July 2018 In the case of Summer Set — whose past headliners included heavy hitters like Skrillex and Chance the Rapper — organizers didn't learn that lesson soon enough. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has the music festival bubble burst? Here's what some fests are doing to survive.," 22 June 2018 Beatz is surely just one of the hip-hop heavy hitters who are lining up to work with Mill since his release. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Philly anthem 'Millidelphia' headlines Meek Mill's 'Legends of the Summer' EP," 6 July 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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heavy hitter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heavy hitter

: an important or powerful person or thing

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