big game


: relatively large animals sought or taken by hunting or fishing especially for sport
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big game was in 1773

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“Big game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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big game

: large animals hunted for sport
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