Definition of big time in English:

big time


the big time
  • The highest or most successful level in a career, especially in entertainment:

    ‘a bit-part actor who finally made the big time in Hollywood’
    • ‘A major star in the ascendancy is stopping off in Malvern on her way to the big time, according to the critics.’
    • ‘Ritchie is trying to break the eight metre barrier, but despite the opposition the venue is not the best for such a move into the long jump big time.’
    • ‘In particular, first novels from initially unknown authors who then make it into the big time can be good investments.’
    • ‘Laughing Boy is apparently his attempt to showcase his talent and break into the big time.’
    • ‘Now, according to Aussie legend John Newcombe, Hewitt is about to break into the big time on grass.’
    • ‘Welcome to the big time St Kilda where success comes at a definite cost even if Brisbane has yet to pay it.’
    • ‘Pocket rocket Ben Johnson is destined for the rugby league big time judging by his exploits with York Acorn this season.’
    • ‘Daniel Meegan is looking forward to a career in soccer's big time - after signing for Leeds United.’
    • ‘This is a good way to break into the big time of reporting on things and not just commenting on them.’
    • ‘Now she joins the literary big time, rubbing shoulders with such veteran talent as Canada's Margaret Atwood.’
    • ‘Unconcerned that the provincial German bank did not carry the clout of her previous employers, she set out to break into the big time.’
    • ‘It is surely only a matter of time before Ballinacourty hit the big time once more in the top flight.’
    • ‘Assured handling transformed familiar ingredients into a global success and the big time beckoned.’
    • ‘After years of knocking about in various Glasgow bands without breaking into the big time, Wylie was working on a solo album.’
    • ‘Or simply another small bike company trying to make us think while they break into the big time almost unnoticed?’
    • ‘They are a big club with a beautiful new stadium and they are geared towards the big time and expectation levels are high.’


  • On a large scale; to a great extent:

    ‘this time they've messed up big time’
    • ‘An inspiring American Depression story about two losers who win big time.’
    • ‘Either that or the fashion of shaved heads had hit the town big time.’
    • ‘That's going to cost big time, and in some notable cases the better players are going to be tempted out of the country.’
    • ‘The building boom is about to get going again big time in the area as new developments are just about to commence in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘It lets you see tons of sick people and that makes you hit the gym big time.’
    • ‘But make no mistake about it, Limerick are fancying their chances in this one, big time.’
    • ‘Usually he's a placid child, but when that valve blows, it blows big time.’
    • ‘Those things pay off in tickets big time if you learn the nuances of the game.’
    • ‘Having invited trouble, he could be about to find it big time.’
    • ‘The Kiwi scrapper was sucked in big time, bit on Gilchrist's comments and was out LBW next ball.’
    • ‘Just a one book pitch that you can go right out on big time.’
    • ‘Pure populism it was, and I thought Australians would see through it big time, which they have.’
    • ‘Hardly unreasonable then to consider somebody locally seems to have fallen asleep at the wheel big time!’
    • ‘Sussex fans will be celebrating big time if Sharks win because it means they will finish top of the second division.’
    • ‘So, we had a problem of not enough capacity plus the energy companies were ripping us off big time.’
    • ‘He's giving back big time, and he is a walking personification of the American dream to me.’
    • ‘On my follow up phone conversation with the artiste, she made it clear that she was for the future and was going after it big time.’
    • ‘He joins us now from Houston, Texas, for a look at how a famous name can move a product big time.’
    • ‘More than double that number turned up on Friday night, proving that its not just club football is on the way back big time.’
    • ‘Emma and Michelle will turn on both him and Victor, too late for this week, but next week they will suffer big time in the nominations.’
    illustrious, distinguished, renowned, esteemed, pre-eminent, notable, noteworthy, great, prestigious, important, significant, influential, outstanding, noted, of note
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