Nick: Who’s going to play on your basketball team for the tournament?
Ben: We have Michael taking the lead.
Nick: Oh! You’re bringing out the big guns. You really want to win.
Ben: What’s the point of playing if you don’t have a strong leader that plays well?
Nick: That’s true. We don’t have big guns on our team, just good team players.
Ben: Hey, that’s not bad. You can’t depend on one good player only. The big guns should only complement the team.
Julia: Hey, are you hosting the party this Saturday?
Tom: Yes. I’m going to bring out the big guns and have a live band.
Julia: Oh cool. You mean no DJ? Just live music? Who’s playing?
Tom: My friend’s brother is the lead singer of Green Day.
Julia: What? That’s definitely the big guns. No one will forget your party.
Meaning: The expression "big guns" refers to an important person in an organization or something/someone that has strong influence or value. For example, Nick said to Ben that because Michael is playing, he’s bringing in the big guns. He recognizes that Michael will make a big difference in favor of Ben’s team. He can add value or strong competition for the team.
By Carlos T. #NELA