big league

big league

1895–1900 Unabridged


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

1895–1900; adj. use of big league Unabridged
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big league definition

  1. n.
    a situation where competition is keen and a high level of performance is expected. (Usually plural. Referred originally to major league sports.) : You're in the big leagues now—no more penny-ante stuff.
  2. mod.
    and big-league. professional; big time. (From baseball.) : When I'm a big-league star, I'll send you free tickets.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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