- Sports. of or belonging to a major league: a big-league pitcher.
- Informal. among the largest, foremost, etc., of its kind: the big-league steel companies.
Origin of big-league
- Sports. major league.
- Often big leagues. Informal. the area of greatest competition, highest achievement or rewards, etc.: He's a local politician who isn't ready for the big league.
Origin of big league
Examples from the Web for big-league
Down here, the big-league dreams of the players are still just far-off lights on the horizon.This Is What Baseball Looks Like in the Lowliest Minor Leagues
May 19, 2013
Big-league fielders did not wait till the ball was high in the air before running to get under it.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High
Leslie W. Quirk
That a big-league player could be caught by a trick that was as old as the hills seemed almost incredible.
Probably it will wear off when they get a little better used to big-league company.
But youre in big-league company now, and the wise birds on the other teams get on to you at once.
He knew the general rules of big-league baseball, but the kid-business of stickball did not register.The Fourth R
George Oliver Smith
Idioms and Phrases with big-league
An area of tough competition and high rewards; the largest or foremost of its kind. For example, Winning an Oscar put this unknown actress in the big league. The term alludes to the major (big) leagues of American baseball. [Late 1800s] Also see big time, def. 2.