big gun

(Figurative extension of the sense above) Someone who is powerful or influential most often in plural form.

If this doesnt work, theyll have to bring in the big guns.


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  • Big gun — Gun Gun (g[u^]n), n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir., Gael., & LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L. canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.] 1. A weapon which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Big Gun — «Big Gun» Сингл AC/DC Сторона «Б» …   Википедия

  • big\ gun — • big cheese • big gun • big shot • big wheel • big wig noun slang An important person; a leader; a high official; a person of high rank. Bill had been a big shot in high school. John wanted to be the big cheese in his club. Compare: whole cheese …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Big Gun — est un morceau du groupe de hard rock australien AC/DC sorti en single en 1993, extrait de la bande originale du film Last Action Hero. Le single a eu un gros succès aux États Unis ou il sera classé numéro 1 pendant 3 semaines. Numéro 1 également …   Wikipédia en Français

  • big gun — noun count INFORMAL a powerful or important person or group of people: They ve hired a big gun to represent them in the lawsuit …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • big gun — /ˈbɪg gʌn/ (say big gun) noun 1. (often in the plural) Military a gun capable of firing heavy ammunition. 2. Colloquial a very important person …   Australian English dictionary

  • big gun — big guns N COUNT If you refer to someone as a big gun, you mean that they have a lot of power or influence. [INFORMAL] The names of the legal big guns who will prepare his defence should be announced shortly …   English dictionary

  • big gun — UK US noun [C] INFORMAL ► a person or company with a lot of power and influence: »The big guns of the internet are set to invest tens of millions of pounds in the technology …   Financial and business terms

  • big gun — n informal a person or company that has a lot of power and influence ▪ one of the party s big guns …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • big gun — big′ gun′ n. Slang. sts a powerful person or thing • Etymology: 1830–1835 …   From formal English to slang

  • big gun — noun an important influential person he thinks he s a big shot she s a big deal in local politics the Qaeda commander is a very big fish • Syn: ↑big shot, ↑big wheel, ↑big cheese, ↑big deal, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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