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

To me, the first time someone died trying to get a Tickle-Me-Elmo should have been a big deal. Constance Grady, Vox, "The author of Friday Black explains why he reimagined Black Friday as a zombie plague," 23 Nov. 2018 That’s why the new MacBook Air, which starts at $1,199 and will be in stores Tuesday, is a big deal. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "New MacBook Air Review: Your Next Laptop Has Arrived (Three Years Late)," 6 Nov. 2018 For Loury, who grew up in public housing as well as an apartment in a three-flat, buying a bungalow in his old neighborhood was a big deal. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities," 31 July 2018 This discovery is a big deal because cratonic roots make up a significant fraction of our planet’s crust. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Find 'Quadrillions' of Tons of Diamonds Beneath Earth's Surface," 16 July 2018 Baseball is a big deal for the Louisiana lawmaker, who had been considered his team's best player, and his recovery has been celebrated by both sides of the aisle. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Steve Scalise returns to congressional baseball game – live stream," 14 June 2018 Its choice of playlist promotion is a big deal for music acts. The Economist, "Spotify kicks off a cultural shift in the music business," 17 May 2018 That’s a big deal in our whole approach to coaching. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "No fear of failure for Nebraska and Scott Frost," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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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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