big cheese

big cheese
Meaning
The most important person.
Origin
Derived in the USA, via the UK, about 1890. The Urdu word for thing is chiz. The British brought home the expression 'the cheese' for 'the main/best thing' and it crossed the Atlantic as 'the big cheese'.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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  • big cheese — or[big gun] or[big shot] or[big wheel] or[big wig] {n.}, {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… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • big cheese — or[big gun] or[big shot] or[big wheel] or[big wig] {n.}, {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… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • big cheese — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms big cheese : singular big cheese plural big cheeses informal an important or powerful person …   English dictionary

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