big deal


: something of special importance
what's the big deal?
sometimes used ironically as an interjection

Examples of big deal in a Sentence

The party was a big deal. The cost didn't seem like much to me, but I know it was a big deal for many people.
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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big deal was in 1915

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“Big deal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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