big league

noun

Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

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Other Words from big league

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

Synonyms for big league

Synonyms

big time, big(s), major league

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Examples of big league in a Sentence

Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.

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Some other Wisconsinites in pro baseball Danny Jansen (Appleton West) had hits in 14 of his last 17 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, helping him elevate his numbers after a slow start to the season in the big leagues. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha's Gavin Lux is decimating Triple-A pitching; is he headed to the Dodgers soon?," 18 July 2019 Halladay made appearances during big league camp, but extended spring training was perfect for him. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay)," 17 July 2019 By that time, Travis' bacon burnt ends — those sumptuous pork belly chunks bearing brown sugar and black pepper flavors — were selling like hotcakes, and Heim Barbecue was soon in the big leagues. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 Both prospects spent time in big league camp during spring training. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Chris Taylor is proving to be a worthy replacement for the injured Corey Seager," 28 June 2019 But in the big leagues, with the only audience that matters being in front of television sets, and sharing the stage with a group of seasoned pols, Hickenlooper needs to make his points with clarity and incision. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What we’ve learned (so far) at the Democratic debates in Miami," 27 June 2019 Siri is on the Reds’ 40-man roster and participated in big league camp at spring training. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' Alex Wood throws to hitters, could begin rehab assignment next week," 18 June 2019 The Red Sox have won three straight, own a five-game road winning streak and still have two games left in this series against the team with the worst record in the big leagues. David Ginsburg, courant.com, "Martinez hits 2 of Boston’s 6 HRs in 13-2 rout of Orioles," 15 June 2019 Stewart, who turned 24 in December, didn’t get an invite from the Tigers for big league camp. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Christin Stewart making his case for playing time with Detroit Tigers," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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