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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Some of the items may not be a big deal, but some may be expensive or important repairs, such as the need for a new roof or HVAC system. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "Here's Exactly What It Takes To Buy A Home," 26 Feb. 2019 Making weight is a pretty big deal for these fights. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Max Holloway, Whose Top-Secret Recovery Shakes Keep Him in Fighting Shape," 5 July 2018 And that also seemed like something that obviously today would be a much bigger deal. Hope Reese, Longreads, "A Person Alone: Leaning Out with Ottessa Moshfegh," 5 July 2018 But what even the most dedicated royal fans don't realize is that the event is a big deal for the Duchess of Sussex for another important reason. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside the Royal Train Taking the Queen and Meghan Markle on a Girls' Trip Today," 14 June 2018 Yet, Cuyahoga County is a big deal for both parties - No. 1 in the state for both Democratic and Republican voters on Tuesday. Rich Exner,, "No Republicans voted in 62 Cuyahoga County precincts in 2018 primary," 10 May 2018 That was followed by a big deal for free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 Feel free to carry on with your life, because this actually isn't a big deal—despite what the Internet is saying. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Drove Herself to Buckingham Palace—Is That Common?," 13 Dec. 2018 The tariffs China and other countries have imposed will lower prices received by U.S. producers of soybeans and other products — a big deal for those in the industries affected, but again modest in terms of the overall economy. Phillip Molnar,, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of big deal

1915, in the meaning defined above

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: something that is very important

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