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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Of England’s starters, only Jordan Henderson had played in the biggest game in club soccer, and that was only a little more than a month ago. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 White Sox manager Rick Renteria benched Welington Castillo for not running out a popup Monday, and then Castillo responded with a big game in a comeback win Tuesday. Steve Rosenbloom,, "The big question for the Cubs: Can Manny Machado pitch?," 23 May 2018 Collin Hochgesang, a 6-6 senior (7.0 ppg), had a big game in the semistate win over Scecina. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Predicting the IHSAA boys basketball state champions," 21 Mar. 2018 Fortnite has emerged as one of the biggest games in the video game industry. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why Sony Will Likely Ignore the Pleas of 'Fortnite' Gaming Fans," 12 Mar. 2018 Members of the Take A Knee movement are holding a two-day conference on Feb. 3-4 ahead of Sunday’s big game in Minneapolis. NBC News, "'Take A Knee' conference pushes fight against police brutality ahead of Super Bowl LII," 3 Feb. 2018 Here’s what to expect from Trump’s attendance at the biggest game this season in college football. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "President Trump Is Attending the College Football Championship Game. Expect a Lot of Protests," 8 Jan. 2018 Mariota struggled during the 2017 regular season, but came up with a big game in the Titans (9-7) playoff clinching 15-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final week of the regular season. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "Watch: Marcus Mariota throws a touchdown pass to himself in wild card playoff game," 6 Jan. 2018 The singer gathered her nearest and dearest, like her childhood friend Melissa Ford (aka M Dollas) and her stylist Jahleel Weaver in a private box at the Staples Center for the big game. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Celebrates Her 31st Birthday With Boyfriend Hassan Jameel," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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