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big deal

noun, Slang.
an important or impressive person or thing:
to make a big deal out of nothing; I hear he's a big deal on Wall Street now.
(used ironically as an interjection to indicate that one considers something to be unimportant or unimpressive):
So you're the mayor's cousin—big deal!
Origin of big deal
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for big deal

big deal

(slang) an exclamation of scorn, derision, etc, used esp to belittle a claim or offer
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Word Origin and History for big deal

from mid-19c. in poker or business; as an ironic expression, popular in American English from c.1965, perhaps a translated Yiddishism (cf. a groyser kunst).

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big deal


: a big-deal salary/ a big-deal Boston wiseass dick;

noun phrase

  1. Anything very important; consequential event or circumstance •Often used ironically to deflate someone or something, esp in the retort ''Big deal'' after someone has made an earnest reference: Getting good grades is a big deal around here/ So you just bought an Audi. Big deal
  2. An important person; big shot: Thinks he's a big deal 'cause he's got that fucking paper backing him up

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make a big production, no big deal

[1940s+ Students and WWII armed forces; probably fr the Yiddish sarcastic dismissal agroyser kunst, ''some big art,'' as translated and used, for example, by the comedian Arnold Stang]

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Idioms and Phrases with big deal

big deal

A matter of great interest or importance, as in Performing in Symphony Hall is a big deal for everyone in the chorus. [ c. 1940 ]
Also see: under make a federal case out of
So what? Who cares? For example, So you got the job after all—well, big deal! This use of the phrase as an ironic interjection dates from approximately the same time.
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