Definition of a big fish in a small pond in English:

a big fish in a small pond

phrase

  • A person who is important only within the limited scope of a small field or group.

    • ‘Alone, we'll always be a big fish in a small pond.’
    • ‘Sometimes, for musicians, being a big fish in a small pond is no bad thing.’
    • ‘Or is it that once you arrive, you are suddenly a big fish in a small pond?’
    • ‘I do think that I had the benefit of being a big fish in a small pond in Scotland, whereas if I'd gone to London, it might have taken me a lot longer to break through.’
    • ‘I think village schools give people more confidence because you are a big fish in a small pond.’
    • ‘It would have been easy to settle for the high-life in Athens, where he was a big fish in one of football's smaller ponds.’
    • ‘The customer feels like a big fish in a small pond.’
    • ‘He is for once, a big fish in a small pond and judging by the size of the grin on his face he's loving it.’
    • ‘Regrettably for them, they seem to have forfeited their chance of becoming more than big fish in a small pond.’
    • ‘Dean will become a big fish in a small pond and I'm sure he would love that.’