One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person seen as important and influential only within the limited scope of a small organization or group.
- ‘Or is it that once you arrive, you are suddenly 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sometimes, for musicians, being a big fish in a small pond is no bad thing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I think village schools give people more confidence because you are a big fish in a small pond.’
- ‘Alone, we'll always be a big fish in a small pond.’
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