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’
    • ‘It is surely only a matter of time before Ballinacourty hit the big time once more in the top flight.’
    • ‘Unconcerned that the provincial German bank did not carry the clout of her previous employers, she set out to break into the big time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Assured handling transformed familiar ingredients into a global success and the big time beckoned.’
    • ‘This is a good way to break into the big time of reporting on things and not just commenting on them.’
    • ‘After years of knocking about in various Glasgow bands without breaking into the big time, Wylie was working on a solo album.’
    • ‘In particular, first novels from initially unknown authors who then make it into the big time can be good investments.’
    • ‘They are a big club with a beautiful new stadium and they are geared towards the big time and expectation levels are high.’
    • ‘Welcome to the big time St Kilda where success comes at a definite cost even if Brisbane has yet to pay it.’
    • ‘Laughing Boy is apparently his attempt to showcase his talent and break into the big time.’
    • ‘A major star in the ascendancy is stopping off in Malvern on her way to the big time, according to the critics.’
    • ‘Or simply another small bike company trying to make us think while they break into the big time almost unnoticed?’
    • ‘Now she joins the literary big time, rubbing shoulders with such veteran talent as Canada's Margaret Atwood.’
    • ‘Now, according to Aussie legend John Newcombe, Hewitt is about to break into the big time on grass.’


  • On a large scale; to a great extent.

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