big league


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


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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Advertising DeGrom is 55-41 with a 2.67 ERA in five big league seasons. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Mets, deGrom agree to $137.5 million, 5-year deal," 27 Mar. 2019 Of course the dream is to make it to the big leagues and pitch up there. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Corbin Burnes rolls with the punches," 26 June 2018 RHP Mike Foltynewicz, coming off an All-Star season and projected as the team’s top starter, is set to make a rehab start at Triple-A Gwinnett next week and return to the big leagues around the third week of April after battling elbow issues. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Roark roughed up in final spring tuneup for Reds," 25 Mar. 2019 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. Staff,, "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,, "For Phillies, PNC Park has been a torture chamber | Extra Innings," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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