- large wild animals, especially when hunted for sport.
- large fish, as tuna and marlin, when sought by deep-sea anglers.
- a major objective, especially one that involves risk.
Origin of big game
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for big game
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
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Get her to tell you some of her big-game hunting experiences.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
"Hard work, big-game hunting in this weather," said the man.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
How would you like to go on a big-game shooting expedition to the Congo?The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
By gad, Barry, there's nothing like big-game shooting to make one fit!The Making of a Soul
The first brief period of Rhodesia was that of the big-game hunter.
- large animals that are hunted or fished for sport
- informal the objective of an important or dangerous undertaking
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