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    big cheese

    Hi

    Is this expression (big cheese) used or is it old fashioned? If it's old fashioned which one is most popular?

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    Re: big cheese

    I don't think it's particularly old fashioned, just very slangy and not often used.

    The big cheese
    The big kahuna
    The head honcho

    These are all the same, and in AmE I think I hear "head honcho" the most. Maybe there's another even more popular (or at least more often used) expression that I can't think of right now.


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    Re: big cheese

    big shot, maybe?

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    #4

    Re: big cheese

    No, a big shot is an important person, but he need not be the boss.

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    #5

    Re: big cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, a big shot is an important person, but he need not be the boss.
    Does "big cheese" have to be a boss? The definition says: important, influential person.

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    Re: big cheese

    Big shot is a good one, yes, and you hear it more often than the others. The only thing is that it can (often) have a tone to it where the person being called 'big shot' is also being judged negatively by the speaker.

    "He thinks he's a real big shot with his expensive clothes and fancy cars."

    I don't get that from the other expressions.


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