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big time

Syllabification: big time
informal

Definition of big time in English:

noun

(the big time)
The highest or most successful level in a career, especially in entertainment: a bit-part actor who finally made the big time in Hollywood
More example sentences
  • They are a big club with a beautiful new stadium and they are geared towards the big time and expectation levels are high.
  • Assured handling transformed familiar ingredients into a global success and the big time beckoned.
  • Welcome to the big time St Kilda where success comes at a definite cost even if Brisbane has yet to pay it.

adverb

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On a large scale; to a great extent: this time they’ve messed up big time
More example sentences
  • Sussex fans will be celebrating big time if Sharks win because it means they will finish top of the second division.
  • That's going to cost big time, and in some notable cases the better players are going to be tempted out of the country.
  • He joins us now from Houston, Texas, for a look at how a famous name can move a product big time.

Derivatives

big-timer

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noun
Example sentences
  • In fact, tomorrow night, I know, in the finale, you've got some big-timers.
  • Pollack's casts bulge with big-timers whose personalities often stand in for character and motivation.
  • Now a bona fide big-timer at home, Lau, like other local talent, is looking to branch out internationally.

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