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
Recent Examples on the Web For a callow team that might as well wear Underoos under their big boy pants, confidence could be a concern after back-to-back humiliations. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "After suffering back-to-back routs, Spurs glad to see Memphis leave town," 2 Feb. 2021 Whole days were bound to his erratic persona, petty grievances, and big boy tantrums. Jason Parham, Wired, "An Internet Without Trump," 22 Jan. 2021 Harbaugh had landed players from around the country, including two highly regarded prospects from the deep south who announced on signing day, another signal that U-M was swimming in big boy waters. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh's recruiting attrition foreshadowed Michigan football's rapid decline," 2 Dec. 2020 This big boy, though, was determined to cross into another lake on the putting green. Fox 35 News Staff, FOX 35 Orlando, "VIDEO: Massive alligator takes a stroll across Florida golf course," 30 Oct. 2020 After Northshore was able to end Lakeshore’s monstrous 32-game regular-season winning streak in Week 1, many thought the Panthers might be able to contend with another St. Tammany Parish big boy by hosting Mandeville in the District 6-5A opener. Nathan Long | Contributing Writer,, "Mandeville flexes muscles in 52-0 shutout of Northshore," 9 Oct. 2020 Garrett’s return to the field means it’s time for Wills to put on his big boy pants and see what the NFL is really all about. cleveland, "What happened at Browns training camp Aug. 22: Myles Garrett and Nick Chubb in team drills; Kevin Johnson released from the hospital," 22 Aug. 2020 Chip and Joanna Gaines's son Crew chose to forego his fork to take some big boy bites directly out of his birthday cake. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines's 2-Year-Old Son Crew Devoured His Birthday Cake in the Cutest Way," 23 June 2020 That’s why Calais Campbell and those big boys that came over there – clean that stuff up, man. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Derrick Henry should make Ravens ‘get in that weight room,’ Hall of Fame linebacker says," 31 May 2020

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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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8 Feb 2021

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“Big boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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