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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But Air Force coming to town after a big game like Nebraska was less than ideal. Los Angeles Times, "NCAA’s argument against Fair Pay for Play has no merit and Week 3 mismatches prove it," 14 Sep. 2019 Pinson Valley at Clay-Chalkville Is there a bigger game in Class 6A this week? Josh Bean |, al, "Birmingham HS football picks: Can Clay-Chalkville knock off Pinson Valley?," 10 Sep. 2019 Hey, this team is a little bit easier to run on’ and know this might be a bigger game for me. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "George Kittle on his love of blocking, newfound stardom and wrestling," 21 Aug. 2019 With a chance to get to the World Cup final, this is the single biggest game in the history of the England women national football team to date., "Millie Bright Tells 90min Why She Is 'Super Excited' & Not Nervous Ahead of England Semi Final," 2 July 2019 This may be the biggest game in Warriors history, with a dynasty on the line. Ann Killion,, "On the brink: is Game 5 the biggest game in Warriors history?," 10 June 2019 That’s why Friday night’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers is the Sixers’ biggest game in five seasons. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers, Cavaliers jockeying in standings creates 'playoff game' atmosphere for Friday," 5 Apr. 2018 Atascocita’s Avery Morris knew that the District 22-6A opener against rival Kingwood was a big game Friday night. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita routs Kingwood in district opener," 16 Sep. 2019 Week 4 of the college football season is almost here, and there are several big games to look forward to. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Opening Lines for Every Week 4 College Football Game," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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