big league


Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

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big-league \ ˈbig-​ˌlēg How to pronounce big-league (audio) \ adjective
big leaguer noun

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Examples of big league in a Sentence

Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web Yamamoto had a nice debut in the big leagues last year, but ... that's optimistic. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Re-live the many glorious replies to the Milwaukee Brewers' first Christian Yelich announcement in 2018," 9 Mar. 2020 That’s because LeBlanc has a track record of 11 seasons in the big leagues. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Wade LeBlanc ‘trying to win’ spot on his eighth MLB team," 9 Mar. 2020 After seeing the improvements, Gardenhire is now convinced Castro can play shortstop in the big leagues. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Tigers' middle infield of the future: Willi Castro and Kody Clemens?," 25 Feb. 2020 Frank Reich would be the perfect coach to get him ready to play in the big leagues. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Draft 2020: Colts must boost passing game, one way or another," 17 Feb. 2020 But after making 18 big league appearances, including three starts, with the Sox last year — going 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 40⅔ innings — Weber is now in a very different position. Alex Speier,, "Red Sox’ Alex Verdugo making progress in injury rehab," 25 Feb. 2020 RHP Justin Dunn, Mariners: Another prospect who helped the organization’s Class AA (North Little Rock) Arkansas affiliate compile the best record in the Texas League, Dunn, 24, leaped straight to Seattle for his first taste of the big leagues. USA TODAY, "MLB's Top 100: Ranking the names you need to know for the 2020 season," 14 Feb. 2020 The game ended when 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell struck out Yordan Alvarez and retired Yuli Gurriel on a sharp grounder with two on to earn a save in his first big league relief appearance. Mark Didtler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cole, Astros have no room for error left in ALDS vs Rays," 8 Oct. 2019 Dobnak faltered in just his 10th big league appearance, taking the loss a week after his wedding in Maryland., "Didi Gregorius breaks out of slump as Yankees pummel Twins for 2-0 series lead," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Big league.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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