the big boys

plural noun

informal
: the most powerful people or companies
He'll have to work pretty hard if he wants to compete with the big boys in the industry.

Examples of the big boys in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ampersand, a Fort Worth coffee shop, has beat out the big boys in the cafe game — name brands like Starbucks, Pete’s, and Dunkin’ — for a coveted corner of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport concourse. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024 Among the triple-nominees, freshman artist Moroney is the only one not to have been nominated for video of the year, but her nods in other categories put her up there with the big boys and girls. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 There’s still a lot that’s unknown about the R3, but if the R2 is meant to compete with the big boys like the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, then the R3 looks more like a rival to the Korean EVs, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 7 Mar. 2024 The speed-run from sly, in-good-fun riff on merchandising to full-scale cooptation from the big boys has been incredible. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The Golden Globes 2024 might go down as the night that the big boys of Hollywood took back control. Sarah Crompton, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2024 Just four times in the 33-year history of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic has a San Diego County team claimed the championship of the National Division — where the big boys play. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2023 The most frightening part is how a program like San Diego State tries to trade punches with the big boys. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2023 Regardless of backing by the big boys, Schweitzer still has plenty of bragging rights. Marlise Kast-Myers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023

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“The big boys.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20big%20boys. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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