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Big Cheese : Phrases


Boss or important person.


The employees waited with bated breath for the weekly diatribe session with the big cheese.


Originating around 1890, this phrase is derived from the British expression the cheese meaning the thing or the correct thing or the best. The British expression itself is a corruption of the Persian chiz (cheez) thing that the British brought back from India around 1840. A big cheese has nothing to do with cheese and should more properly be a big chiz.

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