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big league

Sports. major league.
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 of big league


[big-leeg] /ˈbɪgˈlig/
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He knew the general rules of big-league baseball, but the kid-business of stickball did not register.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • big-league fielders did not wait till the ball was high in the air before running to get under it.

  • Probably it will wear off when they get a little better used to big-league company.

  • That a big-league player could be caught by a trick that was as old as the hills seemed almost incredible.

  • But youre in big-league company now, and the wise birds on the other teams get on to you at once.

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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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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® Idioms Dictionary
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