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The bigger they are, the harder they fall the more famous or successful a person is, the more notable is their defeat or failure. Early 20th century saying, commonly attributed in its current form to the fighter Robert Fitzsimmons, prior to a fight c.1900. (Similar formations are found in earlier related proverbs from the late 15th century).

See also the mother of mischief is no bigger than a midge's wing.

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