big boy


Definition of big boy

: big gun usually used in plural

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

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The key to Saturday’s Auburn-Oregon game lies with the big boys in the trenches. oregonlive, "UO quarterback Justin Herbert’s childhood hero is former Oregon RB LaMichael James: Issues & Answers," 29 Aug. 2019 The answer for summer 2019 would be… with BTS, the seven-member South Korean pop group that is currently the biggest boy band in the world. Teen Vogue, "The Jonas Brothers, BTS, and the Undying Love of Being a Stan," 26 Aug. 2019 Insider: Can New Palestine compete with the big boys? Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football top-10 countdown: Wrecking ball New Palestine goes for repeat," 13 Aug. 2019 None of our guys probably, other than Kawhi, are in that big boy club. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Their First N.B.A. Championship," 13 June 2019 While the company's website does not offer any specs, its clear these robots will be big boys, capable of pulling a car up to 20 feet in length and handling a 3-ton load. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stan the Adorable Robot Could Be the Future of Parking Lots," 15 Mar. 2019 The Note 10 Plus is still really big, but also really thin — Samsung has done a good job making such a large phone not feel as unwieldy as other big boys. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 announced: two sizes, new S Pen, and DeX on your laptop," 7 Aug. 2019 Colorado, facing a roster clearly superior on paper, once again simply didn’t look like a team that could hang with baseball’s big boys. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Astros rough up Rockies’ pitching in 11-6 win over Colorado in series opener," 6 Aug. 2019 As the biggest boy band in the world, BTS has been dominating music charts and selling out tour dates. Marian Liu, Washington Post, "The ‘separate, but equal’ rules of American music awards," 26 July 2019

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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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