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.
Recent Examples on the Web Companies including the typical heavy hitters Pepsi, Tide, Olay, and Hyundai are all forking out for prime commercial placement. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Watch every 2020 Super Bowl commercial here," 2 Feb. 2020 The list starts with the welterweights and moves up to the heavy hitters. Field & Stream, "The 12 Best Cartridges for Elk Hunting," 10 May 2019 Biden's campaign has, in recent weeks, announced a number of endorsements from heavy hitters such as former Gov. Tom Vilsack. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden battles to stave off Iowa humiliation," 13 Jan. 2020 Allston neighbors will be watching closely to see which of these heavy hitters ultimately wins Harvard’s favor. BostonGlobe.com, "As Harvard narrows bidders for Allston land, a focus on housing emerges - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 Names like Ostler and Jenkins and Ratto and Knapp were in the daily lineup, joined by heavy hitters like Schulman and Slusser, FitzGerald and Simmons. Al Saracevic, SFChronicle.com, "An editor reflects on the most dynamic decade in Bay Area sports history," 29 Dec. 2019 He’s interviewed a ton of heavy hitters during that time, while continuing his stand-up and screen career. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Brian Regan is at the Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland Thursday, Dec. 12, and more comedy for the weekend," 11 Dec. 2019 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2020 induction nominees, and some heavy hitters are being considered. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Whitney Houston And Notorious B.I.G. Are Finally Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame," 15 Oct. 2019 The lineup of heavy hitters at the food festival, hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, includes: Aaron Bludorn, former executive chef at New York's Café Boulud. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Stellar lineup of 25 top pitmasters and chefs announced for Southern Smoke 2019," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of heavy hitter

1922, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Heavy hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20hitter. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heavy hitter

US, informal : an important or powerful person or thing

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