big cheese

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A very important figure, especially a high-ranking person in an organization.

Etymology:

  • From big + cheese (“wealth, fame, importance”).
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He'll be meeting with the big cheese first thing tomorrow, to present his proposal.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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