big one

noun
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of big one

circa 1863


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