big one


Definition of big one

1 informal : a thousand dollars The house in the background, we bought it for 70 grand in 1967, it would go for two hundred big ones now, easy …— John Updike
2 informal : an extravagant lie : whopper Talking about lying, I thought, I had just told a big one.— Elizabeth Chandler
3 the big one or less commonly the Big One : an extremely large and destructive earthquake … the prediction that the Big One may come in December is triggering tremors up and down the Mississippi Valley.— Michael J. McCarthy

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Recent Examples on the Web The last catering job before the pandemic was a big one, complete with a pork tenderloin carving station, cherry marmalade and tarragon aioli, pimento-cheese finger sandwiches, and a shrimp cocktail display with an ice sculpture. Elizabeth Merrill, History & Culture, "‘We still care.’ Minnesota’s food industry shifts gears to feed the most vulnerable," 21 Dec. 2020 This year was supposed to be a big one for David Lopez. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Lost Year," 15 Dec. 2020 Now another big one: The Miami Marlins named Kim Ng as their general manager, the first woman hired as a major league GM. Star Tribune, "Miami Marlins hit a line drive through the glass ceiling," 18 Nov. 2020 The result is a big one for the Saints, with no unbeaten teams remaining in the NFC. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer,, "Saints survive, Bucs cruise, Falcons blow lead (again); see where things stand after Week 7," 26 Oct. 2020 The question of who should be immunized first, and who should have to wait, is a big one. John Ortved, The New Yorker, "Who Gets the Vaccine, and in What Order?: A Complete List," 12 Dec. 2020 The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which the Brexiteers said would not be a problem, turns out to be a big one. The Economist, "British farming after the common agricultural policy," 28 Nov. 2020 The Bears cut the lead to 36-21 early fourth quarter, held Abbeville to a third-and-long, and Dozier’s first carry of the fourth quarter proved to be a big one. al, "Martavious Glanton’s 5 TDs help Abbeville outlast Leroy 60-45 in Class 2A," 27 Nov. 2020 The Warriors have had success with reclamation projects, and this would be a big one. Connor Letourneau,, "How Klay Thompson Achilles injury affects Warriors’ free agency plans: 10 priorities," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of big one

circa 1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 Jan 2021

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“Big one.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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