Idiom: big fish in a small pond

Definition: to be important or famous, but in a small group (note: this is not a positive idiom — if you tell someone they are a big fish in a small pond, they will get angry at you!)


I am a top manager at this company, but the company is really small. I am tired of being a big fish in a small pond — I want to go work at a large international company.

He thinks he is really important, but outside his group, no one knows him. He is just a big fish in a small pond.


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