1. the financial industry's term for a rainmaker; a Wall Street executive who brings in enormous amounts of money for the firm, possibly because he has just screwed a customer.
An expression made famous by Michael Lewis in Liar’s Poker, published in 1989.
2. a mover and shaker in any organization
Calling some one a dick is an insult.
Calling some one a big dick is a bigger insult.
Calling some one a big swinging dick is a term of respect.
Not a nickname for a large gorilla named Richard.
But Dick Perle didn't want to be a mere influence peddler. He wanted to be a businessman, a venture capitalist, a Big Swinging Dick.
A cross country runner who cares primarily about his rank among his teamates, not among his competition from other teams
A runner who begins a race or training run hard and then proceeds to fade steadily ultimately getting his ass kicked
A runner who goes all out like an idiot on monda and tuesday workouts, and has jack shit
left for the rest of the week
"John was in the lead for the first 2 miles, but he had nothing for the last 3. He'd be a decent runner if he didn't try to be such a Big Swinging Dick."