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big-time

adjective \ ˈbig-ˌtīm \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of big-time

: relating to or involved in the big time
  • big-time sports
; also : major 4
  • big-time operators

First Known Use of big-time

1910

in the meaning defined above

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big-time

adverb

Definition of big-time

: in a major or large-scale way
  • the new show bombed big-time
; also : to a great extent or degree
  • owes me big-time

First Known Use of big-time

1957

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big time

noun \ -ˌtīm \

Definition of big time

1 : a high-paying vaudeville circuit requiring only two performances a day
2 : the top rank of an activity or enterprise

big-timer

play \-ˌtī-mər\ noun

Examples of big time in a Sentence

  1. the young ad execs knew that their agency had hit the big time when major corporations came calling

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First Known Use of big time

1910

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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big time Synonyms

Synonyms

big(s), big league(s);

Related Words

establishment, old guard;


BIG-TIME Defined for English Language Learners

big-time

Definition of big-time for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or involved in the highest or most successful level of an activity


big-time

Definition of big-time for English Language Learners

  • : in a big way : very much or very badly



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