Of fish big and small

Big fish in a very small pond, pic: © Madartists | Dreamstime.com

There are a few idioms with fish, one of the more useful ones is “being a big fish in a small pond”.  Fish in this case stands for a person and so the expression refers to people who are important but only in a limited circle of influence, such as a small company or organization.  A permutation of this idiom is “being a little fish in a big pond”.

An example would be the CEO of a small company that gets acquired by a large multinational and now is senior director of something or another.  Before he was a big fish (boss man) in a small pond (small company) now he is a little fish (just one of many senior directors) in a big pond (big company).

Neither one of these options is necessarily better than the other, it is a matter of personal choice.

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