what's the big idea

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of what's the big idea

informal
used to ask why someone is doing or saying something
  • Hey! What's the big idea!?

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

big play
  1. : of great strength

  2. : of great force

  3. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. : in a loud or declamatory manner

  2. : to a large amount or extent

  3. : on a large scale

  1. : an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

  2. : a big player : a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

idea play
  1. : a transcendent entity that is a real pattern of which existing things are imperfect representations

  2. : a standard of perfection : ideal

  3. : a plan for action : design


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