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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After this round, the winners will play in a semifinal, ultimately leading to the biggest game in all of soccerdom: the World Cup final. Alex Ward, Vox, "How to watch the World Cup quarterfinals," 6 July 2018 His replacement will be Higuaín, who’s immensely talented but has a history of blowing chances in big games. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: Argentina, Lionel Messi look to advance past Nigeria," 26 June 2018 During her sophomore campaign, Foreman consistently came through in the biggest games. Wells Dusenbury,, "Palm Beach 6A-1A softball player of the year: Josie Foreman, Oxbridge Academy sophomore," 20 June 2018 Hehir has developed a knack for stepping up in big games. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Perfect timing: Niamh Hehir comes off bench with goal and assist as Lemont tops Providence for sectional title," 26 May 2018 Here are nine spots around Chicago offering food and drink specials for the big game. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "9 bars and restaurants offering specials for Loyola's Final Four game," 30 Mar. 2018 The Wildcats' Super Fan and former Mrs. Dario Franchitti, Judd is usually front and center if Kentucky's in a big game. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar 2018 NCAA tournament celebrity alumni bracket," 12 Mar. 2018 But the national anthem has always played a large role in the big game. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "NBC Will Show Anthem Kneeling During Super Bowl, Should Kneeling Happen," 9 Jan. 2018 Eagles quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles talks about playing against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the biggest game of them all. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "TCU tackle Matt Pryor, linebacker Travin Howard taken on Day 3 of NFL Draft | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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