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)

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

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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, latimes.com, "Three up, three down: What's trending in MLB," 30 June 2018 Jimmy Morris also made his big league debut for the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays against the Texas Rangers. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ranking the top 7 Texas sports movies of all time — and their best scenes," 28 June 2018 Yefry Ramirez, 24, is set to make his big league debut Wednesday as the Orioles starter after opening the season 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A Norfolk. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday vs. Red Sox, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 13 June 2018 The Padres start a three-game series at Washington on Monday, the nine-year anniversary of right-hander Craig Stammen’s big league debut – as a starting pitcher – at Nationals Park. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Talking with ... Padres reliever Craig Stammen," 18 May 2018 Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, Harvey made his big league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in New York — both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots. Houston Chronicle, "Mets designate Matt Harvey for assignment after refusing demotion to minors," 4 May 2018 So today, small thoughts: Tanner Rainey has never looked anything but overmatched in the big leagues. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 His average has dippedto .191 on the season, fifth-lowest qualifying average in the big leagues. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Rangers reaction: Adrian Beltre's root canal, Tony Barnette's lat strain and more," 4 July 2018 Pedro Alvarez was designated for assignment by the Orioles, who made several moves in an attempt to improve a team with the worst record in the big leagues. BostonGlobe.com, "Bucks guard Sterling Brown sues city of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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