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.



About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work in Istanbul, London, and Madrid for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.