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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Even in a world with Instagram and constant sharenting, the old school picture day is still a really big deal. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Eva Chen Has a New Children’s Book—And a Collection With Beloved Kids’ Brand Janie and Jack," 14 Aug. 2019 While surfing’s Olympic debut in Japan next year is a big deal, Cruse also has his eye on 2024 in Paris and 2028 in Los Angeles. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, "Olympic surfing hopeful Kolohe Andino walks on Huntington Beach as a ‘regular dude’ and hopes to change that," 23 July 2019 That's a big deal for any actor, but doubly so for Corrin, who found out about the audition from her agent only three hours earlier and had to quickly put together a '60s outfit to wear. Courtney E. Smith,, "The Crown's Young Princess Diana Is About To Be Everywhere," 15 July 2019 Love Island is a really big deal in the U.K., and now CBS is counting on the reality series being a hit in the U.S., as well. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why ‘Love Island’ Is Already So Controversial Ahead of Its U.S.A. Premiere," 9 July 2019 But in the sparsely populated geoengineering community, SCoPEx is a big deal. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Risks of Controversial Geoengineering Approach “May Be Overstated”," 3 July 2019 For instance, Jessica is stabbed and loses her spleen, which is supposed to be a big deal. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Jessica Jones S3 is flawed but packs a powerful payoff in the end," 24 June 2019 To fly to space from such a country as Afghanistan is a really big deal. Afghanistan is a country where people know nothing but war, then suddenly there was a chance to fly into space and do something. Anchorage Daily News, "50 astronauts, in their own words," 23 June 2019 Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but the fireflies were very interested in the camera and, by extension, in me. Kirsten Luce, National Geographic, "See thousands of fireflies light up a Mexican forest," 17 June 2019

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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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