big league

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big-league

[big-leeg]
adjective
1.
Sports. of or belonging to a major league: a big-league pitcher.
2.
Informal. among the largest, foremost, etc., of its kind: the big-league steel companies.

Origin:
1895–1900; adj. use of big league

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big league

An area of tough competition and high rewards; the largest or foremost of its kind. For example, Winning an Oscar put this unknown actress in the big league. The term alludes to the major (big) leagues of American baseball. [Late 1800s] Also see big time, def. 2.

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