head honcho

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head honcho (plural head honchos)

  1. (informal) The person in charge; the highest-ranking person in an organization.
    Synonyms: big man, big enchilada, grand poobah; see also Thesaurus:important person
    The head honcho is hard to reach because they are too busy.
    • 2007, Simon Reynolds, Bring the Noise, Soft Skull Press, published 2011, →ISBN, page 182:
      As if being head honcho of the Grand Royal empire wasn't demanding enough, Mike D has his own personal business interests, namely the X-Large clothing company he started with two friends, and X-Large's boutiques (in New York, San Francisco and LA, where the Beasties are now based).
    • 2008, Graham Linehan, “The Speech”, in The IT Crowd, season 3, episode 4, spoken by Douglas (Matt Berry):
      Well, I'm the boss… Head Honcho. El Numero Uno. Mr. Big. The Godfather. Lord of the Rings. The Bourne… Identity. Er… Taxi Driver. Jaws. I forgot the question quite a while back. Who are you, again?