Definition of big time in English:

big time

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informal

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
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    • 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.

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  • On a large scale; to a great extent: this time they’ve messed up big time
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    • 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

noun
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  • 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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