big league

noun

Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

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big-league \ ˈbig-​ˌlēg \ adjective
big leaguer noun

Synonyms for big league

Synonyms

big time, big(s), major league

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

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Seven players from Bishop Gorman have debuted in the big leagues since 2014, including Gallo, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard and Taylor Cole, Mark’s son, who pitched for the Angels in 2018. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Las Vegas Became a Hot Spot for Baseball," 10 Dec. 2018 Trying to figure out how to keep Vogelbach and his power bat in the big leagues next season is affected by many factors. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Daniel Vogelbach patiently waiting for an extended chance with the Mariners," 18 Sep. 2018 The only test left is the big leagues, and yet the Blue Jays won’t let Guerrero take it. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Three Players Limiting the Cubs, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s Eruption and Ohtani's Filthy Splitter," 29 May 2018 Such is the life of a minor league baseball player who is talented enough to hang around but not quite talented enough to stick in the big leagues, and such was the journey for Brian Esposito, now manager of the Indianapolis Indians. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "How long, winding journey led the newest Indians manager to Victory Field," 5 Apr. 2018 Three years later, the lefthander’s manager (Greg Legg) and pitching coach (Steve Schrenk) at double-A Reading believe the Holy Cross High School graduate has a real shot at reaching the big leagues. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "For Phillies, PNC Park has been a torture chamber | Extra Innings," 6 July 2018 There are so many stages to go through before making the big leagues. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Would the Spurs boycott a White House visit?," 9 June 2018 The state’s lowest draft pick ever to make the big leagues? OregonLive.com, "Major League Baseball first-year player draft 2018: Oregon's best-ever picks, round-by-round," 4 June 2018 This kind of attention doesn’t normally happen to 19-year-olds who have played in only one PGA Tour event and have yet to earn a chance to compete regularly in golf’s big leagues. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Interest high as San Diego Pro Kids alum Norman Xiong turns pro," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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