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An overbearing entity in a specific industry or sphere of activity. A seemingly unbeatable presence always to be reckoned with; whose experience, influence, and skill threatens to defeat competitors with little effort.
In the software industry, Microsoft would be considered the 800-pound gorilla.
The New York Yankees or Manchester United might be considered the 800-pound gorillas of their respective sports.

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Whenever making a congratulatory remark, this is what you say. Made popular by Kamala Harris when she and Joe Biden won the presidency.
Sam: Wow, I can’t believe we just won that relay race!
Cat: we did it Joe 😭😭
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a very strong and/or menacing entity or issue that is obvious but not dealt with
Abuse suffered in prison is an 800-pound gorilla that is undermining justice.
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The big, dominant factor regarding some topic.
β€œI can’t think of anybody who had more impact than Dr. Dobson,” on rousing evangelicals to the polls, Richard Viguerie, a GOP direct-mail guru, recently told U.S. News & World Report. β€œHe was the 800-pound gorilla.”
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