Definition of a big deal in English:

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a big deal

1 [usually with negative] informal A thing considered important: they don’t make a big deal out of minor irritations
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  • We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.
  • Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.
  • As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.
1.1An important person: Sam Kinison became a big deal
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  • Bowie and friends became a big deal, and Mick Rock along with them.
  • But the wheel has turned full circle, and Dillon is once again a big deal.
  • I think I finally get why everyone thinks he's such a big deal.
1.2 (big deal) Used to express one’s contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person.
Example sentences
  • If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.
  • But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, big deal.
  • So you might get a black eye - big deal, that's the last resort of a thick bully who has no more words to throw, but you still win.
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