The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 大腕兒

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大腕兒 〈dà wàn ér〉 {{zh-forms}} etymology (big) + (wrist) + (Northern dialect 兒化 erhua retroflex). Originally (a plant stem), a figure of speech used the to represent a powerful or popular person, used primarily in Chinese opera. It then started being used in film and television circles, gradually entering public speech as 大腕, developing alongside with the expression 鐵腕 ("iron fist") as used in politics. pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (slang) a big name; big shot; one who is powerful and famous (especially in entertainment, artistic or academic circles) 這個著名電影明星大腕兒公開露面狗仔隊試圖拍攝。 This famous movie star is a big shot - every time he goes out in public the paparazzi try to take photos of him.
Alternative forms: 大腕, 腕兒

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