big league

noun

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

Synonyms

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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One year ago, Aquino received one at-bat in the big leagues and was returned to the minors. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' Aristides Aquino ties NL rookie record; Anthony DeSclafani dominant in win," 28 Aug. 2019 Bradley, 41, played for eight big league teams in 12 seasons, including the Dodgers, the Athletics and the Padres. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Links in a chain of famous owners," 17 Aug. 2019 Baltimore dropped to 39-82 and became the first big league team eliminated from division title contention. Larry Fleisher, courant.com, "Sanchez, Yankees beat Orioles for 16th straight time, 6-5," 14 Aug. 2019 Back with his original big league team after a one-year sojourn, Carlos Santana earns his first All-Star selection and starts at home in Cleveland. Washington Post, "Primary players: All-Stars set to rock Cleveland next month," 27 June 2019 Pitchers who rake Zack Greinke has hit nine career home runs in the big leagues. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Zack Greinke's best moments as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks," 1 Aug. 2019 The Sox entered Wednesday with a 4.53 ERA, likewise 18th in the big leagues. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox do nothing at trade deadline," 31 July 2019 But honestly, this isn’t even his second full season pitching in the big leagues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet remains riveting riddle in Orioles loss," 30 July 2019 Dunn is ranked fifth in the Mariners farm system by Fangraphs and may see some time in the big leagues this season after rosters expand. oregonlive.com, "Did the Seattle Mariners fleece the New York Mets?," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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