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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Keith Reynolds, leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said: "The Big Cheese Festival has become one of the most popular events in Wales and has contributed greatly to helping put Caerphilly county borough on the map as a key tourism destination.
Danny Van Opstal at the Caerphilly Big Cheese festival
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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.
Big Cheese organiser Stacy Francis said this year's free event was likely to be the biggest yet, thanks to the warm weather in Caerphilly, where temperatures reached 22C in the festival's first 48 hours.
In the days of the Raj, it was common for Anglo-Indians to refer to something outstanding as "the real chiz" which gradually developed into the big cheese.
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The Big Cheese - Sample different cheeses (Saturday, 10am to 3pm).
There is a limit of one $1 Big Cheese per Facebook coupon.
AT least 80,000 people visited the Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly.
THE rain failed to deter festival-goers in South Wales this weekend, as thousands turned up for Caerphilly's annual Big Cheese festuval.
This 3- year-old orange tabby male is definitely the big cheese at the shelter.