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Here comes a big shot, one of the monkeys with gold buttons.

As he passed the “big shot” smiled suavely at them, but said never a word.

Once more it was the “big shot,” as Indian John had called him, who spoke.

I was indeed glad that I had one barrel loaded with big shot.

He went into the bedroom and he saw Carven, the big shot detective.

They simply shrugged and waited for the Jap Navy big shot to take the lead again.

All I can possibly wish to do is to disable, and big shot is more likely to do that without killing, than bullets.

Jerry had a rifle, and Hamp a double-barreled shotgun loaded with big shot.

He's the showoff type; always buying drinks for everybody and playing the big shot.

Then came a big shot that knocked over the pivot-gun, and killed half its crew.

WORD ORIGIN

"important person," 1929, American English, from Prohibition-era gangster slang; earlier in the same sense was great shot (1861). Ultimately a reference to large type of gunshot.

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