Origin of big time
Examples from the Web for big time
But as her audience broadens, you have to wonder, is the big-time toxic to her art?
She says she met Cosby, a Temple alumnus and big-time donor to the university, in November 2002.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign|Marlow Stern|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A lot of big-time directors have been influenced by B-movie guys like Kaufman and Roger Corman, in particular.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List|Marlow Stern|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Taubin said he was shocked to allegations that his neighbor was a big-time weed grower.‘Weeds’ Come to Life? Scarsdale Mom Arrested in Massive Pot Bust|Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ware is part of the labor force that makes billions for big-time college sports.
No one rejoiced more than they when they learned that he was at last in the big-time circuit.The Radio Boys at the Sending Station|Allen Chapman
You know—a feeling like a try-out before a big-time manager.Believe You Me!|Nina Wilcox Putnam
The little lady had completed her spring drinking and was now en route to a big-time meal-ticket scheduled to start from Chicago.Lady Luck|Hugh Wiley
Wait till you see your name in two-foot electrics over the front of every big-time house in the country.Cheerful--By Request|Edna Ferber
Krasnow is a big-time operator; I've always been, you might say, in the peanut end of the game.Back to Julie|Richard Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for big time
- the big time the highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp the entertainment business
- (as modifier)a big-time comedian
Word Origin and History for big time
"upper reaches of a profession or pursuit," c.1910 from vaudeville slang; the phrase was common in colloquial use late 19c.-early 20c. in a broad range of senses: "party, shindig, fun, frolic."
Idioms and Phrases with big time
An enjoyable or exciting time, as in The children came home exhausted but happy; they really had a big time at the circus. [Mid-1800s]
The highest or most important level in any enterprise, as in I knew that when I made it through the last audition, I was finally in the big time. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see big league.