the big cheese

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the big cheese

informal
: a most powerful or important person
  • You'll have to ask the big cheese.
  • Who's the big cheese around here?

Word by Word Definitions

big play
  1. : of great strength

  2. : of great force

  3. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. : in a loud or declamatory manner

  2. : to a large amount or extent

  3. : on a large scale

  1. : an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

  2. : a big player : a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

cheese play
  1. : a food consisting of the coagulated, compressed, and usually ripened curd of milk separated from the whey

  2. : an often cylindrical cake of this food

  3. : something resembling cheese in shape or consistency

  1. : to put an end to : stop

  1. : someone important


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