the big city

noun phrase

used to refer to a particular city without naming it
I grew up on a farm, so my move to the big city was a big change.
life in the big city

Examples of the big city in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the duo left the big city for Alaska, though, viewers meet hardcore Margaret, and Thomas crafted a custom wardrobe for her that took her level of uptight to an extreme. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 When the singer finally does make it to the big city, Ayouch and Touzani’s screenplay takes more obvious narrative turns. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 But one thing has not changed: Smith's family is still waiting for someone to be held responsible for the murder of the 24-year-old country girl who moved to the big city. Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2024 Earlier in the decade, MTV’s The Real Word, which chronicled the communal lives of young people in the big city, introduced the form. Sean Gregory, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 The pair got back together, but struggled to overcome trust issues and their differences in lifestyle: Aidan loved the country life while Carrie was committed to the big city. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Being an environmental scientist, he’s deeply invested in bobcat conservation – bobcats eating prey that’s been poisoned by rodenticide is one of his big grievances – and wishes only good things for these cats living in the big city. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Going to the big city for school was a huge accomplishment for the young cinematographer. Adrienne Davis, Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2024 This is the introductory book to the beloved series, with other books taking Little Blue Truck to the big city and celebrating holidays with his friends. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 27 Feb. 2024

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“The big city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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