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Idiom: the big cheese #1 (permalink) Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:12 am   Idiom: the big cheese
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #10 "Funny Idioms", question 4

The one you bought from the man you called the big cheese?

(a) the man with big ears
(b) the man with the important job
(c) the man with the yellow teeth
(d) the man with the big smile

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #10 "Funny Idioms", answer 4

The one you bought from the man you called the man with the important job?

Correct answer: (b) the man with the important job
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i can't understand,what you with this expression mean?

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Big cheese #2 (permalink) Wed Jan 25, 2006 13:33 pm   Big cheese
 

Hi Iraklij,

Big cheese is a slang description for someone who is the boss/the governor/the most important person in an organisation. Another slang expression is: top banana.

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'guvna' and 'luv' #3 (permalink) Wed Jan 25, 2006 16:57 pm   'guvna' and 'luv'
 

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the boss/the governor

When I lived in London (what now seems like a lifetime ago), I often heard ‘guv’ or ‘guvna’ (governor) as a familiar way of calling men (usually in marketplaces or at corner shops – certainly not in posh places). Another friendly way of calling you was ‘luv’ (love), which I was not at all used to, but which I liked actually. Then I came to live in Madrid and was surprised to hear those same appellatives, or rather their equivalent in Spanish (‘jefe’ and ‘cari?o’) – here again, from people like shopkeepers or stallholders.
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Idiom: the big cheese #4 (permalink) Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:54 am   Idiom: the big cheese
 

Nice explanations.
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Idiom: the big cheese #5 (permalink) Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:10 am   Idiom: the big cheese
 

Hi Alan,
Hi Conchita,

I am so pleased with your explanation, but I'm expecting more illustrating explanation. I wish I could give you an example.
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