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.

Examples of the big time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s some of those who grew from their community roots to the big time: Baseball Adam Kolarek The 2007 Catonsville High graduate was drafted by the New York Mets in 2010 and made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. Craig J. Clary, Baltimore Sun, 5 Apr. 2024 Levi Holloway and Michael Shannon, a killer combination if ever Chicago theater produced one, have been to the big time and come back, formidable of craft but ever in search of intimate substance. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2024 From there, the trio made the jump from small clubs to the big time. John Morrison, SPIN, 9 May 2024 Nepo Babies Crowd the Runways: The casting craze for celebrity kids hit the big time with the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Arlene Hirst, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 What if, when Orange County needed her most, Porter had run for reelection instead of leaving us for the big time? Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 But now the new Chargers head coach wants another shot at the big time. Ben Morse, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Possible drawback: Success at the mid-major level is never a guarantee of winning in the big time. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Gal and Don want in on the big time and that door opens via Teddy. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'the big time.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near the big time

Cite this Entry

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

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!