big league

noun

Definition of big league

2 : big time sense 2 often used in plural

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

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Examples of big league in a Sentence

Broadway is the big leagues, and for big bucks theatergoers expect professionalism.
Recent Examples on the Web And so the Sox dumped him for Franchy Cordero, a player who is the same age — a player with 110 strikeouts in 284 big league at-bats. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox still have us scratching our heads, and other thoughts," 12 Feb. 2021 Aaron also was honored in Milwaukee, where the Hammer began his big league career and helped lead the Braves to the 1957 World Series title. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Aaron's death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers," 23 Jan. 2021 The former big league first baseman and AL MVP had a winning record in each of his five seasons as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jay Cohen, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins’ Don Mattingly wins NL Manager of the Year award," 10 Nov. 2020 Westburg easily could have been included, though, and was the talk of the instructional league as a future big league middle infielder. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Five takeaways from the Orioles’ top prospect rankings on Baseball America," 9 Nov. 2020 He is headed into his 13th full big league season in the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "LA Angels acquire veteran OF Dexter Fowler from Cardinals," 4 Feb. 2021 Since his big league debut in July 2017, Devers has produced a .279/.332/.498 line with 74 homers. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox and Rafael Devers reach a deal, avoiding arbitration," 15 Jan. 2021 Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday. CBS News, "Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro has died at 81," 27 Dec. 2020 Bubic failed again to get a win in his third big league start. Joe Kay, Star Tribune, "Votto's double in 10th lifts Reds over streaking Royals 6-5," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Big league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20league. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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