big cheese

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From big + cheese (wealth, fame, importance).

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big cheese (plural big cheeses)

  1. (idiomatic) A very important figure, especially a high-ranking person in an organization.
    He'll be meeting with the big cheese first thing tomorrow, to present his proposal.
    • 1980, Airplane! (film), Rex Kramer:
      I know. But it's his ship now, his command; he's in charge, he's the boss, the head man, the top dog, the big cheese, the head honcho, number one...

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