Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A very important person.

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  • n. A person with a great deal of power or influence, especially a high-ranking person in an organization.
  • n. Ferris wheel

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  • n. an important influential person

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Examples

  • Loftis was rousted at a queer bar back in ‘44, pallin’ with a lawyer named Charles Hartshorn, a big wheel downtown.

    The Big Nowhere

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  • A Big Wheel is a type of tricycle, traditionally made of plastic, with an oversized front wheel, that rides very low to the ground. Introduced by Louis Marx and Company in 1969, the Big Wheel was a very popular toy in the 1970s in the United States, partly because of its low cost and partly because consumer groups said it was a safer alternative to the traditional tricycle or bicycle.
    _Wikipedia

    January 28, 2008