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 for big wheel
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  big wheel
      n 1: an important influential person; "he thinks he's a big
           shot"; "she's a big deal in local politics"; "the Qaeda
           commander is a very big fish" [syn: big shot, big gun,
           big wheel, big cheese, big deal, big enchilada,
           big fish, head honcho]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "big wheel":
     BMOC, Rasputin, Svengali, VIP, access, bad influence, big boy,
     big cheese, big gun, big noise, big shot, big-time operator,
     big-timer, bigwig, chief, court, eminence grise, five-percenter,
     friend at court, good influence, gray eminence, heavyweight,
     hidden hand, high-muck-a-muck, his nibs, influence,
     influence peddler, influencer, ingroup, key, kingmaker, lobby,
     lobbyist, lords of creation, man of influence, manipulator,
     open sesame, powers that be, pressure group, sinister influence,
     special interests, special-interest group, the Establishment,
     very important person, wheel, wheeler-dealer, wire-puller

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