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big league

noun
1.
Sports. major league.
2.
Often, big leagues. Informal. the area of greatest competition, highest achievement or rewards, etc.:
He's a local politician who isn't ready for the big league.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900

big-league

[big-leeg] /ˈbɪgˈlig/
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

adjective

Serious; important; professional: No more fooling around, now it's big-league stuff (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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