Definition of big-note in English:

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Australian /NZ
1 [no object] Display one’s wealth ostentatiously: I don’t want them to think I’m big-noting
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  • That is what he did—big-noting—and he got caught up in it.
  • He was big-noting for the cameras—as usual.
  • If you're getting that claustrophobic, painted-into-a-corner feeling, make more room to move by deleting non-essential activities—watching TV, getting cross, big-noting.
1.1 [with object] (big-note oneself) Exaggerate one’s importance or achievements: it was an attempt by a local businessman to big-note himself with the local MP
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  • I'm getting rather sick of hearing you both big-noting yourselves.
  • He wants to take the credit for them so he can big-note himself.
  • I miss the good old times of just talking crap, when you'd big-note yourself and I'd scoff quietly to myself.


1940s: a reference to large-denomination banknotes which, in pre-decimal currency, were also larger in size than the smaller denominations.

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