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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This year, there were player appearances by MLB all-stars Roger Clemens, Shawn Estes, Brett Saberhagen, Huston Street and Jake Peavy at Speed Pitch, and heavy hitters Eric Byrnes and Matt Williams at the Batting Cage. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Here's what we know about the 2020 Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park," 11 June 2019 Even though the weekend was a miss for Hollywood, there are still a lot of heavy hitters on the docket this summer. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "X-Men and 'Secret Life of Pets' underperform at a gloomy box office," 9 June 2019 Perhaps the most glaring non-attendees were some of pop culture's heaviest hitters: Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande, who all are known for turning out looks at the storied New York City event. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Why Didn’t Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Ariana Grande Attend Met Gala 2019?," 7 May 2019 The Flyers have about $7 million in salary cap space, and enough talent that should entice some heavy hitters for the job. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Flyers eye new approach in GM, unlike ‘unyielding’ Hextall," 27 Nov. 2018 With these two heavy hitters on the bench, your sense of control and structure around money loosens its belt, allowing for forgiveness. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 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

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heavy hitter

US, informal : an important or powerful person or thing

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