the big cheese

Definition of the big cheese


  1. :  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

  1. :  of great strength

    :  of great force

    :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. :  in a loud or declamatory manner

    :  in a boasting manner

    :  to a large amount or extent

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

    :  major league

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

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

    :  an often cylindrical cake of this food

    :  something resembling cheese in shape or consistency

  1. :  to put an end to :  stop

  1. :  someone important

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a trip made at another's expense

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