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big game

large wild animals, especially when hunted for sport.
large fish, as tuna and marlin, when sought by deep-sea anglers.
a major objective, especially one that involves risk.
Origin of big game
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Having started out for big game, he did not mean to be diverted from his course.

  • They considered civilisation a failure because it was killing off all the big game.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was after big game, and a mere £20,000 was a jack-rabbit.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • It cut him to the heart to have his first big game taken from him.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • He taught me about all I know of trapping, and lots besides about the habits of big game animals.

    Rocky Mountain Boys St. George Rathborne
British Dictionary definitions for big game

big game

large animals that are hunted or fished for sport
(informal) the objective of an important or dangerous undertaking
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