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big time

Informal. the highest or most important level in any profession or occupation: She's a talented violinist, but she's not ready for the big time.
Slang. a very good time.
Theater. (in vaudeville) any highly successful circuit of theaters that produces two performances daily.

1860–65, Americanism

big-time, adjective
big-timer, noun Unabridged
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big time
 a.  the big time the highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp the entertainment business
 b.  (as modifier): a big-time comedian

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Word Origin & History

big time
"upper reaches of a profession or pursuit," c.1910 from vaudeville slang; the phrase was common in colloquial use late 19c.-early 20c. in a broad range of senses: "party, shindig, fun, frolic."
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Slang Dictionary

big time definition

  1. n.
    the high level of success. : I've finally reached the big time!
  2. mod.
    and big-time. outstanding; extravagant. : This is one of your real big-time stars.
  3. mod.
    and big-time. felonious. (Underworld.) : Frank is into big-time stuff now.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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