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onsen
Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 3:57:27 AM
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Hello,

big shot
also big·shot (bĭg′shŏt′)
n. Slang
An important or influential person.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

Is the phrase derogatory?

Thank you
mactoria
Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 5:06:02 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

big shot
also big·shot (bĭg′shŏt′)
n. Slang
An important or influential person.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

Is the phrase derogatory?

Thank you


Onsen: the term "big shot" can be complementary, derogatory, or a good-natured teasing. All depends on the inflection (when said verbally, how the speaker emphasizes it) and/or the context of the sentence. Just a guess based on experience, here in the US the more common usage of 'big shot' is probably derogatory in some way.
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 11:48:54 AM

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It's not necessarily derogatory, but not particularly respectful either.

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