big cheese


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big cheese

n. Slang
The most important or powerful person in an enterprise or field.

[Probably from cheese.]

big cheese

n
slang an important person
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.big cheese - an important influential personbig cheese - 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
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The team behind The Big Cheese Festival are currently taking feedback from attendees through email and assured everyone that their concerns would be heard.
Despite sporadic torrential downpours festival-goers still come flocking to the town for the popular festival We've raided our archive for pictures taken at the Big Cheese Festival over the years.
Ffion Davies, nine, and her six-year-old sister, Leah, from Caerphilly, at the Big Cheese Festival yesterday
Murphy will not be able to take part in the parade because of the road race, but he will be doing his canoe and Big Cheese opponents one better.
When another Twitter user suggested Pietersen's initial comment was 'why KP isn't in the England set up any more', the batsman said 'neither is The Big Cheese Prior', the report added.
In his latest get-rich-quick scheme, Max wants to be the boss, the head honcho, the big cheese.
Q WHAT is the origin of the term big cheese, meaning someone important?
AMID the outcry over Arnold's appointment of Democratic big cheese Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff, it's been easy to miss the most important thing Kennedy says in her own defense: She voted for all of Arnold's reform measures in the Nov.
The Big Cheese - Sample different cheeses (Saturday, 10am to 3pm).
Rivera told sources this week of his ambition to replace Rudy Giuliani as the Big Apple's next big cheese.
THOUSANDS of people made their way to Caerphilly over the weekend for the Big Cheese festival.