the big time

noun phrase

: the highest or most successful level of an activity
He was a good basketball player but he never made (it to) the big time.
The group performed in small clubs for years before hitting the big time with a record deal.

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“The big time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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