big boy

noun

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 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, NOLA.com, "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 | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Derrick Henry should make Ravens ‘get in that weight room,’ Hall of Fame linebacker says," 31 May 2020 The picture is unclear even for the big boys in the Pac-12, which has discussed having its schools play an 11-game regular season solely against conference opponents. Bernie Wilson, SFChronicle.com, "Football a possibility at big 3 Cal State schools, including San Jose State," 17 May 2020 The big boys of Oregon high education are not the only ones cutting back. oregonlive, "University of Oregon lays off 282, other universities also consider steep cuts, as coronavirus takes a financial toll," 14 Apr. 2020 The big boys are grown up now, in their twenties and thirties, living their own lives in the States. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Returning Once More to a “Little House in the Big Woods”," 24 Mar. 2020 Even without the $9900 carbon-ceramic brakes, this big boy came to a stop in 162 feet with zero fade. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi S8 Issues an Executive Order for Speed," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of big boy

1916, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Big boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20boy. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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