big deal


Definition of 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.
Recent Examples on the Web But no, seriously though, that’s a big deal of football, establishing the run. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn knows it has to ‘establish the run’ to make offense click," 8 Oct. 2020 In this neighborhood, the North End, that’s a big deal. Dom Amore,, "A grieving basketball community gathers to bring meaning to the loss of Jaqhawn Walters, one of their own," 24 Sep. 2020 Wake turbulence is less of an immediate threat, although flipping planes is still a big deal that can disorient pilots and cause dangerous complications. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airliners Could Soon Fly in Formation, Just Like a Flock of Birds," 21 Sep. 2020 Louisville hosts the legendary college football show, but this isn't a big deal to the players. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "How to watch Louisville football open conference play against Miami," 14 Sep. 2020 Killing Osama bin Laden, who had evaded American justice and retribution for nearly a decade after September 11, 2001, was a big deal, and a big factor in Obama’s re-election a year and a half later. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Joe Biden Did Not Have the Guts to Get Osama bin Laden," 11 Sep. 2020 That’s a big deal, said Connect CEO Mike Krenn, who’s best known in San Diego for connecting entrepreneurs with venture capitalists both in and out of the region. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "This La Jolla couple is raising millions to invest in San Diego’s tech scene," 11 Sep. 2020 The Pixel 4 has a 90Hz display, which is a big deal, but the phone doesn't have a big enough battery to support such a feature. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 4a review—The simple, basic, reasonable Google phone," 30 Aug. 2020 Since its debut in July 2018, the serum has completely sold out more than 12 times and the brand says that one serum is sold every three minutes — no big deal. Sarah Han, Allure, "Peach & Lily's New Glass Skin Face Mist Gave Me Glowing Skin All Day," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of big deal

1915, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2020

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“Big deal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of big deal

: something that is very important

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