the big leagues

plural noun

: the two highest U.S. baseball leagues (the American League and the National League)
He always dreamed of playing in the big leagues.
often used figuratively
She's moving up to the big leagues in the television industry.
She's in the big leagues now, working for a major law firm in a large city.

Examples of the big leagues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Scott could be back in the big leagues as soon as next weekend with the Mets considering the idea of going to a six-man rotation after an off-day Thursday. Abbey Mastrocco, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2024 The Woods rarely get jittery anymore when James is hitting, but his first week in the big leagues had been a test. Andrew Golden, Washington Post, 8 July 2024 Here was the son of Larry Ellison, founder of the tech behemoth Oracle, trying to play in the big leagues after dropping out of USC Film School. Harrison Richlin, IndieWire, 8 July 2024 Russell pitched in the big leagues, too, appearing in 394 games during a seven-year MLB career with the Cubs, Braves and Phillies. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for the big leagues 

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“The big leagues.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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