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    Big cheese

    Well, I recently read something and I could read someone is a big cheese so please anyone tell me in what circumstance I could say somebody is a big cheese?

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    Re: Big cheese

    A big cheese is a person of power and influence.

    French: un homme de poids (et aujourd'hui une femme de poids.)
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    Re: Big cheese

    ***not a teacher***

    Also a big fish, big noise, big gun, big wheel, and big shot. The last two ones must be used more in AmE.

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    Re: Big cheese

    I've always heard it as "the Big Cheese". There's only one - the boss.
    The Numero Uno, Head Honcho, big Kahuna ...
    Some of Mehrgan's can be multiple - "He's one of the big guns." But there's only one Big Cheese (in a certain place at a certain time).
    Is it used differently elsewhere?

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    Re: Big cheese

    [QUOTE=Raymott;717548]I've always heard it as "the Big Cheese". There's only one - the boss.

    Perhaps that is an Australian usage. Around here, we often say someone is a big cheese.

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    Re: Big cheese

    In the UK, you can have many big guns, but there's only one big cheese IMO.

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