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Big Shot

The English idiom big shot refers to an important person in a group, organization or industry. Look at these sentences to see how the term big shot is used:

In the 1980s, Boris was a big shot in the world of tennis.
Who would have thought that Brad would become a big shot in Hollywood?
At one time, Bernie was a big shot on Wall Street.

Big shot can also be used as an adjective meaning very important or highly successful. Look at the following sentences:

Who does Olivier think he is? A big time banker?
Ever since he became a big shot movie director, Steven has become a different person.

Can you name some big shots and the areas that they have been successful in?


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