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big shot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n big shot 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"
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Quotations

  • Christopher Morley
    Christopher%20Morley
    “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”
  • Christopher Morley
    Christopher%20Morley
    “Success: Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “What is a big shot except a little shot that kept on shooting.”
  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart
    “The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.”

Usage

In literature:

Shot after shot reverberated through the big laboratory as Marable tried to stop the monster.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
When the big guns in the forts had fired their last shots the gunners under orders destroyed them.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Slowly he swam toward it, went down, and suddenly turned and shot away, leaving a big wake.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
A shot in the big oval is a body wound; that scores five.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
An' I'll send ye 'way down on to the Sevogle, where ther's as big heads to be shot as ever have been.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
At our speed it wouldn't have to be as big as your fist to go through us like a shot.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
I had come forward, they said, begun a big row with Dent and finally shot him.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
A captain was shot off the back of a big white horse.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
Then Reed shot a deer, a delicate, big-eyed creature that had never seen a human being and was too surprised to flee.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
And father said he was a very good shot, and Stefan Olsen, the big man, thought there was no one like him.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
He had a big lot, much larger than he had thought, and it was just as it had been shot down from the breast.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
I hears 'bout de battle in a thick forest and de trees big as my body jes' shot down.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Sparks began to leap out at once, and a small flame shot up and soon turned into a big one.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
How fine it would be to eat steak from a big bear I'd killed with the first shot from my new gun.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
He also spoke the best English except for some of the big shots in New Chicago.
"Narakan Rifles, About Face!" by Jan Smith
Sudden horror shot through the big man as he looked around.
"Derelict" by Alan Edward Nourse
The natives trained two big guns on our position and fired fifteen ineffective shots from them.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
He'll do whatever the big shots order.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Through Hamilton Corners the big car shot, its progress watched by throngs who had heard of Dick's trip.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
They simply shrugged and waited for the Jap Navy big shot to take the lead again.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
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In poetry:

Archer goes like a shot, they can put on their pot,
And boil it to cover expenses;
Their pot will boil over, the run of his dover
He'll never earn over big fences.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Part of the cargo in the hold consisted of shot and shell,
And the vessel rolled heavily as the big billows rose and fell;
Then two sailors descended the forehold carrying a light,
To see if all below was safe and right.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

While her big sis was 31 when she graced the cover of Italian Vogue, Kendall 's stunning shots at such a young age have her sister green with envy.
A big shot at legitimacy .
The mansion in Thousand Oaks, California was sold by Gretzky to former baseball big shot Lenny Dykstra for $18.5M at the height of the housing bubble.
Opening day on Saturday (November 17) at 8:40 am, we were up on Wildcat Mountain (Town of Denning) where I shot a big 10-pointer at about 60 yards.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Shanshan Feng shot a 5-under 67 Friday to take a big five-stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters .
Tony Mitchell has received some pretty big ovations from the crowd at the Super Pit for everything from amazing dunks to clutch shots over the last year.
There were many more Lerner shots than you typically see during a Nats postgame celebration, and also many big words from Morse .
UConn's Shabazz Napier takes a shot over Michael Carter-Williams during the Huskies' Big East quarterfinal vs Syracuse on Thursday.
In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot.
As president of her own marketing and advertising company, CATV, Inc, Cleveland Heights' Myra Orenstein has worked with big shots like MasterCard International, HBO, Showtime, the Disney Channel, even the White House.
Courtesy of Sondra Goldberg Hasler, played by Roscoe Sandlin, is the big shot tough guy who runs the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory and Mabel, played by Ellen Steger, is the mother hen of the factory who tries to keep the peace.
Badgers Get Redemption Shot in Big Ten Title Game.
HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton — Diamond Mayes goes up for a shot during Big Spring's 60-18 win over Fort Stockton Tuesday in Steer Gym.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated and, naturally, their fans want their team to have a shot at the national championship, or at least a Big Ten championship.
Herkimer, NY (WIBX) – One Herkimer County Community College graduate is getting his shot at the big leagues.
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In science:

The shot noise on our measurements is too big to allow a precise comparison between the shapes of the classical and quantum spectra, but evidence of the effect is noted in the spectrum below.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
All these various problems remain to be overcome for any gravitat ional wave detector based on ring lasers to become feasible. Shot noise is a part icular big challenge, because in current designs we depend on mono-mode operations.
On the Potential of Large Ring Lasers
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