Definition of big shot in US English:

big shot

phrase

informal
  • An important or influential person.

    • ‘Often, the talk his editors wanted was from big shots, businessmen promoting themselves or wallowing in rancor.’
    • ‘And the author found half a dozen business big shots who made the same claim.’
    • ‘This was the poshest colony in the town, and all the inhabitants of the area were sons or grandsons, or great grandsons of big shots.’
    • ‘I was a big shot in the fashion industry; I felt very important.’
    • ‘The ultimate top of the hierarchy is occupied by the big shots.’
    • ‘It was a supposedly staid gathering of local party big shots, including the deputy governor, a senator and the state attorney general.’
    • ‘Whenever I'm on this program, you and your staff really make us look like big shots and I truly appreciate all the attention and the effort.’
    • ‘Much of it deals with the ridiculous effect money has on people, and how they spend away to feel like big shots one minute, then go nuts trying to save pennies the next.’
    • ‘People think I think I'm a big shot, but I've always tried to inspire them.’
    • ‘A brief scan of today's TV reveals that a good percentage of the material centres around big shots ' extra-marital affairs.’

Pronunciation

big shot

/ˈbɪɡ ˌʃɑt//ˈbiɡ ˌSHät/