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

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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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Example sentences
Scouts had been whispering throughout spring training that he could no longer catch up with a big-league fastball.
Despite that, science rarely becomes part of big-league politicking.
Given the paucity of good big-league players, the opportunity usually arrives more likely sooner than later.
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