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big wheel

n. Slang
A very important person.

big wheel

n
1. another name for a Ferris wheel
2. informal an important person

big′ wheel′


n.
Informal.
an influential person.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.big wheel - an important influential personbig wheel - an important influential person; "he thinks he's a big shot"; "she's a big deal in local politics"; "the Qaeda commander is a very big fish"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
knocker - (Yiddish) a big shot who knows it and acts that way; a boastful immoderate person
supremo - the most important person in an organization

big wheel

noun
Slang. An important, influential person:
Translations

big wheel

n (at fair) → ruota (panoramica) (Am) = big noise
References in classic literature ?
The big wheels of hansoms turned slowly along the edge of side-walks; a pale-faced youth strolled, overcome by weariness, by the side of his stick and with the tails of his overcoat flapping gently near his heels; horses stepped gingerly on the greasy pavement, tossing their heads; two young girls passed by, talking vivaciously and with shining eyes; a fine old fellow strutted, red-faced, stroking a white moustache; and a line of yellow boards with blue letters on them approached us slowly, tossing on high behind one another like some queer wreckage adrift upon a river of hats.
They have a dancing bear, like in the old country, and two-three merry-go-around, and people in balloons, and what you call the big wheel, Rudolph?
The Sutton Coldfield firm also operated big wheels in Manchester, Liverpool, Weston-super-Mare, Hyde Park, London, and Dublin.
We've got 12 big wheels around the world and we've had lots of people getting married on them.
Along with historic and landmark buildings, other big wheels were augmented with red light, including the Manchester Wheel and London Eye.
Since the arrival of the London Eye in 2000, I have become an enthusiast of big wheels and have been honoured with the presence of smaller wheels in major cities throughout the country.
It was tubby and bloated - even turning it into the GS300 Sport with big wheels didn't make it look any better.
World Tourist Attractions, which will run the Belfast Eye, has already built big wheels in Manchester and Seville.
James Hutchinson won the 85cc small wheels and Sean McDonald took the honours in the 85cc big wheels.
Big wheels may not for sure be the next big thing in fat tiredom, but a retro explosion in single-speed mountain bikes is upon us, Hall says.
Watch out for the scruffy old dirty guys with the wide boards and the big wheels.