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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Most Popular Stereotypes To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% The Luxury Card also comes with a whole host of travel benefits that put it on par with the big boys in travel credit cards. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New SPG Luxury Credit Card Is Suddenly One of the Best Travel Credit Cards," 14 Sep. 2018 Some in the industry have greeted GE’s plans with skepticism, noting that its biggest current turbines are just 6 megawatts, far short of the big boys. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth," 24 Aug. 2018 The Saudis have not been quiet about their ambitions to play with the big boys in Silicon Valley over the last three years. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 On the other: Wales-Northern Ireland. The great beneficiary was Portugal, which barely survived group play with three listless draws before handling Croatia, Poland and Wales en route to the final while all the big boys beat up on each other. Mark Zeigler,, "Winners, losers, trends and lessons from the World Cup's first round," 28 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of big boy

1916, in the meaning defined above

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