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 It should be noted that hours before ‘Bama’s championship win over Ohio State, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens shut down its drive-through vaccine clinic to get ready for the big game. Dan Shaughnessy,, "We’re still waiting for the Red Sox to improve their team, and other thoughts," 16 Jan. 2021 Though many think the bullet diameter is too small for big game, this cartridge can dispatch critters up to 200 pounds efficiently with the right load. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "5 Hunting Cartridges You Can Find in an Ammo Shortage," 29 Dec. 2020 Ohio State fans can get ready for the big game by getting merchandise commemorating the Buckeyes’ return to the College Football Playoff, including hats and T-shirts. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Celebrate Ohio State’s return to the College Football Playoff with gear, shirts and hats for Sugar Bowl trip vs. Clemson," 20 Dec. 2020 With a 70 grain bullet and a muzzle velocity of 2,800 ft/s it was marketed for big game. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "The Life and Times of the Savage Model 99, One of America’s Greatest Lever-Action Rifles," 9 Dec. 2020 Preston Williams looked on his way to a big game when ... Dave Hyde,, "Hyde10: Tua shines, defense’s big stop — 10 thoughts on Dolphins' win at Cardinals," 8 Nov. 2020 That all appeared to go out the window for a big game, as students bunched together throughout the game. Shannon Ryan,, "6 takeaways from Notre Dame’s double overtime, upset win over Clemson — the Irish’s 1st win over a No. 1 team in 27 years," 8 Nov. 2020 The Saints turned to Emmanuel Sanders last week for a big game, reeling in a career-high 14 receptions for 122 yards. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "The Edge: Assessing how New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers stack up for Week 7," 22 Oct. 2020 Hero says: This could be the weekend that A&M finally shows up for a big game. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama stepping into a ‘crazy train’; Multiple SEC upsets on tap," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of big game

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jan 2021

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“Big game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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