the big cheese


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

Examples of the big cheese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meghan McCain has beef with the big cheese — Chuck E. Cheese, to be exact., 7 Nov. 2023 In new hands, a rural Virginia gem continues its delicious streak How might the big cheese tackle the list? Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 14 July 2023

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“The big cheese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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