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big time


  1. Informal. the highest or most important level in any profession or occupation:

    She's a talented violinist, but she's not ready for the big time.

  2. Slang. a very good time.
  3. Theater. (in vaudeville) any highly successful circuit of theaters that produces two performances daily.

big time


  1. informal.
    1. the highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp the entertainment business
    2. ( as modifier )

      a big-time comedian

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbig-ˈtimer, noun

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Other Words From

  • big-time adjective
  • big-timer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of big time1

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

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Example Sentences

We have the ability to bounce back quick, and we played off that big time.

Futures were seen as an easy onramp for big time investors who are already plugged into Cboe, giving them a way to get exposure to crypto through a regulated exchange.

From Quartz

He hit the big time when he started on WABC in New York in 1988.

From Time

Some of these companies have already crossed over to the big time.

So we are investing big time right now into the surveillance network that will very rapidly identify when and if we have a problem, and then very rapidly will create a booster that will allow us to cover this new variant as well.

From Fortune

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.

A lot of big-time directors have been influenced by B-movie guys like Kaufman and Roger Corman, in particular.

As Ron Fournier is in the habit of reporting, big time Democrats have reached just about the same conclusion.

Republicans are hitting the pipe big time on the ‘deserter’—and their creepy bottom line is that he should have been left to die.

At least it did in Cleveland; and although they were a day late, the Clevelanders determined to have a big time.

Big-time Caribbean piracy had grown from very respectable origins.

I could name a plenty that'll stick in the big time until their toes curl.

Big time may mean Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and any or all the larger cities on the various "circuits."

Lefty's big scene at Nick's fixed it so you won't be welcome in a big-time poker game anywhere in town.


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