eight-hundred-pound gorilla

eight-hundred-pound gorilla

or 800-pound gorilla
n.
1. A person or organization regarded as being extremely powerful, aggressive, or intimidating.
2. An obvious or major problem that people are too afraid or embarrassed to talk about.
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Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, once put the basic problem this way: "What does an eight-hundred-pound gorilla do?
And, like the eight-hundred-pound gorilla (on, admittedly, a slightly smaller scale) the governor of California goes where he wants and meets whom he wants when he wants.
This strategy hinged on the assumption that the eight-hundred-pound gorillas of the big media would ignore the story as well, keeping it relegated to the fringes of political debate and deflecting any potentially serious damage from Mr.