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800-Pound Gorilla

Definition of the noun 800-Pound Gorilla

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  1. [idiomatic] An entity that dominates its environment.
  2. [idiomatic] Something dangerous, menacing, or spooky that is obvious but not addressed.


800-pound Gorilla a.k.a. 800 pound gorilla: "800-pound gorilla" is an American English expression for a person or organization so powerful that it can act without regard to the rights of others or the law.

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Google previewFrom Knowledge to Intelligence (2007)

by Helen Rothberg, G. Scott Erickson

SPF 15: 800-Pound Gorilla The 800-pound Gorilla is a scenario where knowledge management risk is high and competitive intelligence risk is low to moderate. Knowledge is important to success in the industry, but its potential applications ...

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