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I'd rather be a big fish in a specialized pond than a little, little fish in a more generalized big pond.
Leonard Lauder

Meaning of "big fish" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BIG FISH

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BIG FISH

noun
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conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Big fish is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BIG FISH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Big Fish

Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard. Other roles are performed by Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew McGrory, and Danny DeVito among others. Finney plays Edward Bloom, a former traveling salesman from the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, now confined to his deathbed. Bloom's estranged son, a journalist played by Crudup, attempts to mend their relationship as his dying father relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult, played by Ewan McGregor. Screenwriter John August read a manuscript of the novel six months before it was published and convinced Columbia Pictures to acquire the rights. August began adapting the novel while producers negotiated with Steven Spielberg who planned to direct after finishing Minority Report. Spielberg considered Jack Nicholson for the role of Edward Bloom, but eventually dropped the project to focus on Catch Me If You Can. Tim Burton and Richard D.

Definition of big fish in the English dictionary

The definition of big fish in the dictionary is an important or powerful person.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BIG FISH

big cat
big cheese
big Chief
big city
big Daddy
big data
big deal
big dipper
Big Eight
big end
Big Five
Big Four
big game
big government
big gun
big hair
big head
big hitter
Big Issue
big money

WORDS THAT END LIKE BIG FISH

a fine kettle of fish
angler fish
bony fish
butterfly fish
cold fish
drink like a fish
fish
flowerhorn fish
flying fish
game fish
gefilte fish
ice fish
kettle of fish
oily fish
red fish
river fish
scorpion fish
sea fish
Siamese fighting fish
wet fish
white fish

Synonyms and antonyms of big fish in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BIG FISH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «big fish» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of big fish

Translation of «big fish» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BIG FISH

Find out the translation of big fish to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of big fish from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «big fish» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

大人物
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pez gordo
570 millions of speakers

English

big fish
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बड़ी मछली
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سمكة كبيرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

большая рыба
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

peixe grande
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বড় মাছ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

huile
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

ikan besar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

großer Fisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

大物
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

거물
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Amba iwak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cá lớn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பெரிய மீன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मोठे मासे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

büyük balık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pesce grosso
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

duże ryby
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

велика риба
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pește de mare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μεγάλα ψάρια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

groot vis
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

stor fisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

stor fisk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of big fish

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BIG FISH»

The term «big fish» is quite widely used and occupies the 31.357 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BIG FISH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about big fish

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9 QUOTES WITH «BIG FISH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word big fish.
1
Ali Babacan
The fast fish, not the big fish, eats the small fish.
2
Roberto Cavalli
The big fish run the show. I'm a middle fish, but there are small fish that are poisonous.
3
Jessica Cutler
New York is where you go to catch a big fish.
4
Sylvia Earle
Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There's still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.
5
Elle Fanning
I'm a big fish eater. Salmon - I love salmon. My sister loves Chinese food and sushi and all that. I'm not as big of a fan, but she likes it so we eat it a lot. So I'm beginning to like it more. I don't like the raw sushi. I liked the cooked crab and lobster and everything.
6
Leonard Lauder
I'd rather be a big fish in a specialized pond than a little, little fish in a more generalized big pond.
7
Nick Lowe
I like being a big fish in a small pond. I'm not interested in a huge audience because it brings headaches.
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Woody Norris
There's a smugness that goes with being a huge company. The big fish say, 'If it's so great, why didn't we invent it?' But how'd you like to be makin' buggy whips when cars came along?
9
Brian Skerry
I think that most people would associate big schools of fish with healthy coral reefs. At Kingman, the predators keep the herd thin, so there aren't a lot of big fish schools.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BIG FISH»

Discover the use of big fish in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to big fish and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Big Fish
Now that his father is dying, William Bloom realizes he hardly knows him, but the father is more interested in evading his questions than answering them.
Daniel Wallace, 2012
2
Eating the Big Fish: How Challenger Brands Can Compete ...
This book will give you the framework to run through the legs of Goliath—and create relentless growth." —Eric Ryan, cofounder, method "'Challenger' isn't a state of market, it's a state of mind.
Adam Morgan, 2009
3
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.
David Lynch, 2007
4
Big Fish
'Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent. Big Fish, skillfully adapted by John August from the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace, brims with storytelling sorcery' Rolling Stone
Tim Burton, 2004
5
Jangles: A Big Fish Story
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.
‎2012
6
Jonah and the Very Big Fish
This book is a retelling of the book of Jonah.
Sarah Fletcher, Jonah, Concordia Publishing House, 1998
7
Big Fish Little Fish
As Big Fish chases Little Fish, they experience such opposites as front and behind, above and below, and inside and outside.
Ed Heck, 2007
8
Big Fish
When their two-million-dollar Japanese smuggling assignment hits a snag, professional gunrunners Altmeyer and his wife, Rachel, risk nuclear disaster to complete their task
Thomas Perry, 1986
9
Dress Like the Big Fish: How to Achieve the Image You Want ...
This original work contains pearls of wisdom about image for men and women going through career transition or just entering the workforce from a clothing and image expert who has helped thousands of people make major changes in their lives.
Dick Lerner, 2008
10
Catching Big Fish on Light Fly Tackle
This work distills decades of fly-fishing knowledge.
Tom Wendelburg, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BIG FISH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term big fish is used in the context of the following news items.
1
WCNC lands a big fish: Beth Troutman returns to Charlotte
Beth Troutman, Concord native and former congressional candidate, will return to Charlotte television at WCNC (Channel 36). | YALONDA M. «Charlotte Observer, Jul 15»
2
I may die but will name the big fish in Vyapam scam: whistleblower
“Even if I die, I want to name the big fish – starting with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Chaturvedi told the NDTV. 26-year-old ... «The Asian Age, Jul 15»
3
Happy birthday, Recs
Home · Big Fish Lifestyle · Chanhassen · Chaska · Eden Prairie · Jordan ... Happy birthday, Recs - Big Fish Lifestyle: Events ... Big Fish Lifestyle. «SW News Media, Jul 15»
4
The Big Fish winter school holiday fishing
... practice to snare some nice Flathead and Bream. His first on a soft plastic. First up on the Big Fish we will hear about its capture with Harry. «ABC Local, Jul 15»
5
Arrest big fish
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has advised law enforcers to arrest the big fish who are at the centre of various crimes, including human ... «The Daily Star, Jul 15»
6
The Dallas Mavericks Finally Land the Big Fish
The Dallas Mavericks Finally Land the Big Fish. July 05, 2015 image description by texashomeboy1. DeAndre Jordan has decided to take his talents to the big D ... «SportsBlog.com, Jul 15»
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Dallas Mavericks Catch Big Fish In DeAndre Jordan
The Dallas Mavericks were patient even when the fish didn't seem to be biting, especially in recent years – but then came center DeAndre ... «Hoops Habit, Jul 15»
8
At Big Fish Lake, boating season is inspection season
COLLEGEVILLE – By the time Pete and Kristi Remus of Becker pulled in for an afternoon of fishing and boating Friday on Big Fish Lake, about ... «St. Cloud Times, Jul 15»
9
State angling for a big fish called Wanda
To entice the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda to invest about 3 billion USD in the State, a company delegation led by its acquisition ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
10
Really Big Fish Aren't Getting Away in Michigan
Really Big Fish Aren't Getting Away in Michigan. Four state records have fallen so far in 2015, according to the Michigan Department of Natural ... «Patch.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Big fish [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/big-fish>. Sep 2021 ».
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