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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The farm hosts about seven tournaments a year, with the biggest ones taking place over the Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. New York Times, "Fields of Green," 8 July 2018 There are a bunch of reasons for this, but two of the big ones are price and convenience. Streaming TV is often way, way cheaper than traditional cable bundles. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Everything you need to stream TV," 25 May 2018 There’s no way around it: Henry’s loss is a big one. Andy Benoit,, "The State of the Tight End," 30 May 2018 The biggest one of those: does Drake have a secret child? Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From the B-Side of Drake's 'Scorpion' Album: Critic's Take," 30 June 2018 That was all considered academic, which, in the categories of my disabilities, the biggest one is old, then the next one is academic. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "The Wisdom of Going Back to School in Retirement," 22 June 2018 And with last year's release of Girls Trip, Essence Fest 2018 was the biggest one yet — more than half a million attendees showed up., "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 So deeply ingrained is our confusion about time that any displacement of it can feel weird, and a big one can feel downright trippy. Timothy Morton, The Atlantic, "The Hurricane in My Backyard," 8 July 2018 The 44th Drive project is their biggest one to date. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Soaring Condo Project Coming to Long Island City," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of big one

circa 1863, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of big one was circa 1863

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