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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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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How to use big game in a sentence
In recent years, the rise of Big Tech has led to a bevy of memorable multimillion dollar spots in the big game.
Finally, the quarterbacks’ performance in the big game was considered.Doug Williams’s MVP performance still ranks among the greatest in Super Bowl history | Scott Allen | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s too much to ask for him to match his Week 12 totals, but I still expect a big game out of Mahomes.Predictions for Super Bowl LV: Lots of scoring, plus a concern for Patrick Mahomes | John Clayton | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The big game is the big centerpiece, so it needs to be presented as such.Backyard party essentials: Outdoor Super Bowl party ideas for 2021 | PopSci Commerce Team | January 30, 2021 | Popular-Science
You need that togetherness if you’re going to win big games.With an Adele song as its battle cry, a lowly English soccer club looks to rewrite history | Glynn A. Hill | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Mr Anderson Wheeler travelled from Tanzania where he works as a big game hunter to give evidence yesterday.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission | Tom Sykes | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gin rummy was his big game and he fraternized with high rollers like Minnesota Fats and Dean Chance.
But he fell out of favour when it was revealed he had been on a big-game hunting safari.King Felipe and Queen Letizia Kiss As They Formally Take Power In Spain | Tom Sykes | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1919, his team had good odds against the Cincinnati Reds in the big game, but suffered defeat.Donald Sterling and Five Other Members of the Lifetime Ban Club | Nina Strochlic | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And two UK Wildcats embracing as they win what was evidently a big game, cuz there are streamers in the background.
A stone slung might kill a bird or even a man, but it was not very effective against big game.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
There is lots of food for reverie when one is going against big game for the first time.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
Joseph, less iron-nerved than the great big-game hunter, was awake and astir with the dawn.With Edged Tools | Henry Seton Merriman
He will hunt big game, and when hungry will not hesitate to attack man.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls | Various
My wife is still in the hills, and we can talk big game without fear of boring the other sex.The Tigress | Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for big game
large animals that are hunted or fished for sport
informal the objective of an important or dangerous undertaking
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