Definition of a big fish in US English:

a big fish


  • An important or influential person.

    ‘he became a big fish in the world of politics’
    • ‘Perhaps the logic was that the jury pool in Beverly Hills is swimming with so many big fish from the film world that you are bound to net some, so why worry?’
    • ‘Only high-spec developments and the best locations attract the big fish who remain.’
    • ‘Although the police arrested his manager in Delhi, the big fish escaped to Bangkok.’
    • ‘He doesn't make a big deal of it, but it comes in handy when you need to reel in the big fish for charity events.’
    • ‘Of course, there are still lots of former journalists around in Whitehall, but they are no longer the big fish.’
    • ‘And the remaining 2000 cases are moving slowly and no big fish has been arrested.’
    • ‘The trail saw big fish rubbing shoulders with young designers.’
    • ‘Now, to the leak investigation that threatens to engulf a very big fish at the White House.’
    • ‘He enjoys being a big fish, playing with the politicians who make a difference.’
    • ‘In many cases, he or she is likely to be eligible to be promoted to the ranks of the big fish.’