It paid tribute to the greats that came before it, all while laughing at itself and chronicling a legendary friendship.
Satisfied, but not content, Gold strives to live up to her surname, as well as stamp it on the long list of American greats.
All the greats have one from George Washington to Tony Soprano.
I chose Wu Yi because she is one of the greats, and I don't want people to forget about her.
So it was a bit sad to find myself reacting the way I did to some of the “greats” selected here.
In 1873 I was a fourth-year man, going in for my greats at the June examination.
It would take a four-years course in greats to argue it out, Roger.
This indeed seems to be the country of the greats and the grands.
With a second in greats he had taken the first appointment that turned up.
He would go down in history as one of the greats of science.
Old English great "big, tall, thick, stout; coarse," from West Germanic *grautaz "coarse, thick" (cf. Old Saxon grot, Old Frisian grat, Dutch groot, German groß "great").
Said to have meant originally "big in size, coarse," and, if so, perhaps from PIE root *ghreu- "to rub, grind." It took over much of the sense of Middle English mickle, and is now largely superseded by big and large except for non-material things.
As a prefix to terms denoting "kinship one degree further removed" (early 15c., earliest attested use is in great uncle) it is from the similar use of French grand, itself used as the equivalent of Latin magnus. An Old English way of saying "great-grandfather" was þridda fæder, literally "third father."
In the sense of "excellent, wonderful" great is attested from 1848. Great White Way "Broadway in New York City" is from 1901. Great Spirit "high deity of the North American Indians," 1703, originally translates Ojibwa kitchi manitou. The Great War originally (1887) referred to the Napoleonic Wars, later (1914) to what we now call World War I (see world).
"The Great War" -- as, until the fall of France, the British continued to call the First World War in order to avoid admitting to themselves that they were now again engaged in a war of the same magnitude. [Arnold Toynbee, "Experiences," 1969]Also formerly with a verb form, Old English greatian, Middle English greaten "to become larger, increase, grow; become visibly pregnant," which became archaic after 17c.
Excellent; wonderful: Hey, that's really great (1848+)
A famous person, esp an athlete or entertainer: Weiss, a former football ''great'' (1400+)