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.

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Instead, the Seahawks under Carroll have usually risen to the occasion in big games. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Chicago Bears on Monday night," 16 Sep. 2018 The rubber pool sandal was once the reserve of college dorms, of stoner guys too lazy to tie their shoes and athletes who’d slip theirs on with socks after a big game. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Humble Pool Slide Sandal Gets a Stylish Upgrade," 18 July 2018 The Eagles were selling out Kates Gym for big games. Terry Pluto,, "Ashland Women's Basketball: Can dynasty continue with new coach? -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 6 Apr. 2018 That was more than enough to make up for a big game from Juneau's Erik Kelly, who racked up 20 points and 15 rebounds. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Road to redemption leads Wasilla Warriors to 4A boys championship," 25 Mar. 2018 The star sophomore, the one who returned to Michigan State for big games like Saturday’s top-5 showdown with Purdue, caught the ball at the top of the key, then dribbled to his right. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Miles Bridges' 3-pointer clinches MSU win vs. No. 3 Purdue, 68-65," 10 Feb. 2018 Starlink is a big game with seven rather large planets and dozens of quests, plus lots of things to do in space and planetside (scanning animals, exploring derelict ships, etc.). Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Why this matters: To say Fortnite is the biggest game right now is something of an understatement. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung celebrates the Galaxy Note 9 launch with Fortnite beta access and 15,000 free V-Bucks," 9 Aug. 2018 The biggest game-changer, of course, is having Kate by her side joking and laughing together during the event. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "See Photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Sentebale Polo Cup," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of big game

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of big game

: large animals (such as elephants and tigers) that are hunted for sport

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