Definition of a big deal in English:

a big deal

phrase

informal
  • 1[usually with negative] A thing considered important:

    ‘they don't make a big deal out of minor irritations’
    • ‘It was a big deal to players in my era because we only ever got paid £8 a week!’
    • ‘So it's not as big a deal among the players as what some people might think.’
    • ‘Perhaps it shouldn't matter, except that the IPCC made such a big deal of the results at the time.’
    • ‘But as a rugby league player and as a supporter, I don't necessarily think that it's going to be a big deal.’
    • ‘The journalist kept asking if other children at school were really rotten to me, and I kept saying that it wasn't a big deal at all.’
    • ‘One of them ricocheted off a wall and hit my leg, but that wasn't a big deal, I didn't even have a bruise.’
    • ‘She didn't make a big deal of it, but I noticed it, and I think it was a symbolic gesture of what was in her mind.’
    • ‘There was an air of acceptance that this is just how some people are and that, really, it's just not a big deal.’
    • ‘The impact tilted it about four inches, not such a big deal to fix.’
    • ‘It's a bit of a waste, given that Merkin makes such a big deal over the fact that Munro rarely gives interviews.’
    • ‘A few years ago you had Gogh Van Go, everybody made a big deal about them - where the hell are they now?’
    • ‘She finds driving around in places she isn't familiar with pretty stressful, so it is kind of a big deal!’
    • ‘We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.’
    • ‘Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.’
    • ‘Flying was not a big deal for me until an incident a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘In those days cataracts were a big deal - she had surgery, and had to keep her head still for three days.’
    • ‘It reminded me of when I left Scotland, which is a big deal for a Scot.’
    • ‘As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but after that incident I felt physically ill.’
    • ‘Salles just gets on and tells the story without making a big deal of the beautiful landscape or the moral awakening of the two young men.’
    1. 1.1big deal Used to express one's contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person:
      ‘‘I'll give you an allowance,’ he said. ‘Big deal,’ she thought’
      • ‘OK, so big deal you say, but honestly, a few years ago you had to go out of town for this stuff.’
      • ‘But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, big deal.’
      • ‘He didn't turn into anything except human, whoo hoo big deal!’
      • ‘But big deal, it's a matter of time before a company like that one goes more commercial.’
      • ‘If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.’
      • ‘So you might get a black eye - big deal, that's the last resort of a thick bully who has no more words to throw, but you still win.’