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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The first exposure to the big leagues can be tough on many players. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: Are they really as bad as many fans believe? — Terry Pluto," 3 July 2019 New York extended its big league record of consecutive games with a home run to 30. CBS News, "Yankees' Aaron Hicks hits MLB's first home run in Europe," 29 June 2019 Canning, who gave up solo homers to Ramon Laureano and Matt Olson, lowered his ERA to 3.79 after the first 11 starts of his big league career. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, "Angels win fourth straight, winning in the first game of the season with their full lineup," 27 June 2019 He’s never been looked at in that way since being drafted in the 32nd round by Toronto and then being the first player in his Blue Jays draft class to make it to the big leagues. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Kevin Pillar emerges as Giants’ most consistent offensive threat," 24 June 2019 An idea hatched by the Dodgers’ front office, Smith’s few weeks with the club were a preparatory course designed to ease his ascension to the big leagues whenever he was called up to play. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers rookie catcher Will Smith's apprenticeship began in September," 6 June 2019 His performance in his first big league start against the Rangers was noteworthy for a number of reasons. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Darwinzon Hernandez loaded with promise but can’t find his spot," 21 June 2019 Even after a tremendous showing in spring training this year and a brilliant stretch during the first month of the season in the Triple-A rotation, Beede immediately struggled upon being promoted to the big leagues. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede’s financial gamble started eight-year journey to first win over Dodgers," 18 June 2019 The Phillies might be asking more from Velasquez soon, and Enyel De Los Santos could be back in the big leagues come Friday night. Bob Brookover, https://www.inquirer.com, "Did win over Padres cost the Phillies another reliever? | Extra Innings," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of big league

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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