BIG WHEEL, BIGWIG, and BIRD’S EYE VIEW: American English Idioms #16

Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 16. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.

Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.

BIG WHEEL— an important, powerful, or influential person

1. All the big wheels get the use of company cars and parking spaces right next to the door of the building.

2. Janet says she doesn’t want to become a big wheel in the company because she doesn’t want so much responsibility.

Synonyms: bigwig; big shot; big cheese; head honcho, heavyweight

BIGWIG — an important, powerful or influential person

1. Fred likes to think he’s a bigwig but he really doesn’t have much power outside his own department.

2. Did you see all the expensive cars in the parking lot outside? There must be a meeting of company bigwigs today.

Synonyms: big wheel; big shot; big cheese; head honcho

Compare to: heavyweight The expression bigwig is usually applied to a person high up in a corporate structure.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW — a broad view or overview of something or someplace

1. This outline will give you a bird’s-eye view of my new book.

2. The flight attendant said if we sit on the right side of the airplane, we’d get a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon.

The expression suggests the view that a bird gets when it flies overhead.

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