big kahuna

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big ka·hu·na

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

[From Big Kahuna, nickname of the leader of a gang of surfers in the film Gidget (1959), from Hawaiian kahuna, priest, expert, from Proto-Polynesian *tufunga.]
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In addition, The Big Kahuna Award in each category will be announced.
But in addition to rates, we have Personal Income and Spending data due out Tuesday, Chicago PMI and ADP on Wednesday, ISM and the PMI manufacturing indexes on Thursday, and this all leads up to the Big Kahuna -- Friday, the jobs data and Non-Farm Payrolls.
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He's not gotten there by being nice or kind; he's the big kahuna because he rules through fear and intimidation.
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As long as the underlying global interest-rate picture is so benign, it is hard to see the big Kahuna of bond-default waves coming just yet.
"The Big Kahuna remains Gateway," said David Greenbaum, president of the New York office division at Vornado Realty Trust, while discussing infrastructure projects at an Appraisal Institute conference in Midtown on Monday.
After all, it doesn't seem like a stretch at all that the man who's been a professional politico (and professional Dem, actually) since he was a wee lad would have it in the back of his mind to eventually take a shot at the big kahuna.