big league


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

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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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All anyone in this game wants to do is make it to the big leagues. Jon Meoli,, "Back in majors, Orioles' Chance Sisco used minor league assignment to 'get back to myself'," 29 June 2018 All 30 big league teams have expanded netting this season to protect fans sitting close to the field, extending to end of the dugouts. Fox News, "Braves reporter gets hit in the eye by foul ball," 2 Apr. 2018 When the chance comes to climb the ladder to a bigger league, the prudent coach starts packing. Timothy Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor's move from LouCity wasn't ideal, but likely inevitable," 1 July 2018 Dozens of players passed through San Antonio in those years on their way to the big leagues, including Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, and on their way out of baseball, including Hall of Famer Willard Brown. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "Missions bid farewell to lengthy affiliation with Lone Star circuit," 24 June 2018 The IronBirds are an affiliate of the Orioles and baseball fans know there’s been nothing cheer about in what quickly became a lost season for the big league club. The Aegis, "Hope springs eternal [Editorial]," 13 June 2018 As his fans went bananas over Guerrero’s apparent announcement of his call-up to the big leagues, Schneider’s phone began to light up with texts from people in Triple A Buffalo, reporters, and even his team’s own media relations director. Jon Tayler,, "Welcome to the New Era: 19-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Baseball's Most Exciting Prospect," 24 May 2018 Great American Dream is the story of the path to the big leagues, following current Reds minor league second baseman Shed Long in his journey toward Major League Baseball., "Audio podcast," 15 May 2018 Jackson came up with the Dodgers as a 19-year-old and outdueled Randy Johnson in his big league debut on Sept. 9, 2003, giving up one run and four hits in six innings of a 4-1 win. Mike Digiovanna,, "Three up, three down: What's trending in MLB," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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