big unknown


chiefly US
: the important thing that everyone would like to know
The big unknown is how investors will react.

Examples of big unknown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether residential fossil fuel use remains a problem long enough to compel the development of such a system, however, is also a big unknown. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2023 One remaining big unknown is how voters respond to the barrage of television advertising that is about to start in the state. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 The big unknown: fatal crashes Seven million driverless miles of real-world driving gives us some information about the safety of Waymo vehicles. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2023 What still isn’t known The big unknown with using ketamine for PTSD and depressive symptoms is how often the injections are needed. C. Michael White, The Conversation, 8 Nov. 2023 And there is one big unknown: What would happen if the new election board deadlocked over the certification of an election? Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, 2 July 2023 Stidham is a big unknown for the 49ers, who rank first in the NFL in scoring and total defense and figure to be a substantial challenge for a quarterback making his first career start. Mark Heim |, al, 1 Jan. 2023 What remains a big unknown is whether Manchester Financial will be able to secure financing and an equity partner in the current economic environment of rapidly escalating interest rates and construction costs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Researchers have to open their minds to come up with new ways to target a protein in cancer cells or answer the big unknown of how tumors evade the body’s natural defenses. Dallas News, 26 Oct. 2022

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“Big unknown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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