big game

[ big-geym ]
/ ˈbɪg ˈgeɪm /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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