big game


Definition of big game

1 : relatively large animals sought or taken by hunting or fishing especially for sport
2 : an important objective especially when involving risk

Examples of big game in a Sentence

They traveled to Africa to hunt big game.
Recent Examples on the Web Companies like NormaTec, Rapid Reboot and Air Relax are offering pneumatic recovery units to help athletes enhance blood flow and circulation, improving recovery after a hard workout or big game. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Expect a big game from the star guard tonight against a Jazz team which has allowed a 30-point scorer in 13 of its last 26 contests. Xl Media, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Skewed old, with Gauthier having the big game and PG’s 20-year-olds getting the points on their lone goal. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 The Senators have three games left, with the big game Tuesday vs. New Jersey, before finishing vs. Florida and at Philadelphia. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2022 After the Bruins had two off days, Cassidy made a mildly eyebrow-raising move to go with Linus Ullmark for Friday’s big game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steve Conroy, Hartford Courant, 8 Apr. 2022 Look for a big game from Lexie Hull on both sides of the ball. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Under the strobe lights, MCM Worldwide presented a lineup for Rolling Stone’s annual Super Bowl weekend party that properly coronated the first big game in Los Angeles in nearly 30 years. Heath Burks, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2022 Harry was joined by his cousin, Princess Eugenie, at the big game who were just a few of the many celebrities spotted in the stands this year. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of big game

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Big game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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