Skip links

Big Guns

First Example:

Nick: Who’s going to
play on your basketball team for the tournament?
Ben: We have Michael
taking the lead.
Nick: Oh! You’re
bringing out the big guns.  You really want to win.
Ben: What’s the point
of playing if you don’t have a strong leader that plays well?
Nick: That’s true.  We don’t have big guns on our team, just good team players.
Ben: Hey, that’s not
bad.  You can’t depend on one good player
only.  The big guns should only complement the team.

Second Example:

Julia: Hey, are you hosting the party this Saturday?
Tom: Yes.  I’m going to
bring out the big guns and have a
live band.
Julia: Oh cool.  You mean
no DJ?  Just live music?  Who’s playing?
Tom: My friend’s brother is the lead singer of Green Day.
Julia:  What? That’s
definitely the big guns.  No one will forget your party.

Meaning: The expression”big guns
refers to an important person in an organization or something/someone that has
strong influence or value.  For example,
Nick said to Ben that because Michael is playing, he’s bringing in the big
guns.  He recognizes that Michael will
make a big difference in favor of Ben’s team. 
He can add value or strong competition for the team.