big game

[ big-geym ]
/ ˈbɪg ˈgeɪm /
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large wild animals, especially when hunted for sport: Expensive vacation packages to hunt big game like leopards or elephants in Africa are marketed almost exclusively to wealthy foreign tourists.
large fish, as tuna and marlin, when sought by deep-sea anglers: Participants in the sport fishing tournament regularly return to shore with big game exceeding 200 pounds.
a major objective, especially one that involves risk: The merger shows their commitment to the big game, in a market where half measures just won’t pay off.
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Origin of big game

First recorded in 1860–65

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Big Game
[ big-geym ]
/ ˈbɪg ˈgeɪm /

noun Football.
Usually the Big Game [thuh-big-geym] /ðə ˈbɪg ˈgeɪm/ . an alternate name for the Super Bowl, used in advertising by brands that are not official sponsors and therefore do not have permission to use the trademarked name of the NFL championship game: The best time to buy a new television is in late January, during sales promotions for the Big Game.
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What does Big Game mean?

The term Big Game is another way to refer to the Super Bowl—the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), a professional American football league.

Because the name Super Bowl is a trademarked term, the game is sometimes referred to as the Big Game, especially in commercial contexts, such as by advertisers who do not have permission to use the official name.

When it’s used in reference to the Super Bowl, Big Game is often capitalized, but not always.

The term big game can also be used in a general way in the context of sports to refer to a game that is especially important, as in We’ve got a big game coming up next week against a very good team.

The term big game is also used in unrelated ways, most commonly to refer to large animals hunted for sport, as in big game hunter.

Example: Stock up on snacks and drinks for the Big Game!

When is the Big Game?

The Big Game, officially called the Super Bowl, is typically held on the second Sunday in February (though for many years it was held in late January or the first Sunday in February). The start of the game (kickoff) is usually around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

There is usually a two-week gap between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl (meaning the Super Bowl is played two weeks after the conference championship games, with no game occurring in the weeks between).

The date of Super Bowl LVI in 2022 is February 13. Super Bowl LVII in 2023 falls on February 12, 2023.

Where does Big Game come from?

The NFL championship game was first called the Super Bowl in 1967, and the NFL trademarked the name Super Bowl in 1969.

Use of the term Big Game to refer to the Super Bowl has become very common among brands and businesses. Because it’s so widely recognized, it allows them to reference the Super Bowl without calling it by name.

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How is Big Game used in real life?

The term Big Game is especially used by brands and businesses that do not have permission to use the name Super Bowl in advertising or marketing materials. But it’s also used as a casual synonym for Super Bowl.



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British Dictionary definitions for big game

big game

large animals that are hunted or fished for sport
informal the objective of an important or dangerous undertaking
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