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.

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Now Jordan is a pretty big deal in the House these days, as a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a possible candidate for the speakership when Paul Ryan steps down at the end of this year. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Powerful House Republican Implicated in College Sex Abuse Scandal," 3 July 2018 Immigration will also be a big deal in Nevada where Democrats are stuck with two vacant seats. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 That is a big deal in a country that imports some 80% of its food, and the United Nations has warned that the battle could have dire consequences for civilians. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "5 Things to Know About the Yemeni Assault on the Country’s Main Port," 14 June 2018 Who of the existing superstar firmament is gonna be a big deal in 10 years? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018 That sort of rapid response is a big deal in police work. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent," 11 June 2018 Fishing is a big deal in Wisconsin, where there are more than 1 million anglers. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorial Day weekend travel: Here's what you need to know," 24 May 2018 Some players already have careers; some were clearly big deals in high school drama; others have profitably self-trained in the School of the Internet. Robert Lloyd,, "Grad night goes ‘All Night’ in a new Hulu comedy with YouTube stars and a classic teen story line," 10 May 2018 Could the 2,500 condos rejected in Boca be no big deal in Fort Lauderdale? Dan Sweeney,, "A major high rise in Pompano, a planned lawsuit in Boca — when is new development too much?," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of big deal

1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of big deal

: something that is very important

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