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Big Five

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noun History/Historical.
  1. the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan during World War I and at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.
  2. (after World War II) the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France.
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Big Five

noun the Big Five
  1. the five countries considered to be the major world powers. In the period immediately following World War II, the US, Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France were regarded as the Big Five
  2. the lion, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the buffalo, and the leopard: considered to be the five principal African wild animals, esp as sought by those on safari
  3. Also: Big Four, Big Three a small powerful group, as of banks, companies, etc
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