big boy


Definition of big boy 

: big gun usually used in plural

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Examples of big boy in a Sentence

when she became the network's White House correspondent, she knew that she was now playing with the big boys

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There are regular entrees and large-format ones, and if your party is large enough, by all means take a shot at one of the big boys. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Looking to hitch your wagon to a Cinderella that plays like one of the big boys? Eric Single,, "Everything You Must Know About the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals," 31 May 2018 But if these games proved the Phillies can hang with the big boys, the outcomes indicated they still must learn to win. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies doomed by overturned call at the plate, lose to Cubs in finale of tough road trip," 7 June 2018 Banding together Of the 18 companies that belong to the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association (WITA) , Whidbey Telecom is considered one of the big boys. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Rural telecom companies go beyond offering telephone and broadband," 24 June 2018 The new four-cylinder for the Sierra and Silverado is more proof that engine tech once seen as exotic and experimental is now ready for the big boys. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 The big fine is agreed upon behind closed doors by the big boy network. Susan Dunne,, "Gallery Owner Says Opioid Exhibit, Protest At Purdue Just The Beginning Of 'Spoon Movement'," 26 June 2018 Former Bengals coordinator Paul Guenther gets the big boy for the middle of his 4-3. 11. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals mock draft 3.0: Mock trade adds options," 9 Apr. 2018 But the thinking was probably to get another big boy on the block. Stephen English, star-telegram, "UIL realignment hit high school football like a hurricane," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of big boy

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big boy was in 1916

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