Definition of a big deal in English:

a big deal

phrase

informal
  • 1usually with negative A thing considered important.

    ‘they don't make a big deal out of minor irritations’
    • ‘As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.’
    • ‘The impact tilted it about four inches, not such a big deal to fix.’
    • ‘So it's not as big a deal among the players as what some people might think.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flying was not a big deal for me until an incident a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but after that incident I felt physically ill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a bit of a waste, given that Merkin makes such a big deal over the fact that Munro rarely gives interviews.’
    • ‘In those days cataracts were a big deal - she had surgery, and had to keep her head still for three days.’
    • ‘Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Perhaps it shouldn't matter, except that the IPCC made such a big deal of the results at the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.’
    • ‘There was an air of acceptance that this is just how some people are and that, really, it's just not a big deal.’
    • ‘But as a rugby league player and as a supporter, I don't necessarily think that it's going to be a big deal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a big deal to players in my era because we only ever got paid £8 a week!’
    • ‘It reminded me of when I left Scotland, which is a big deal for a Scot.’
    1. 1.1 An important person.
      ‘Sam Kinison became a big deal’
      • ‘But the wheel has turned full circle, and Dillon is once again a big deal.’
      • ‘I think I finally get why everyone thinks he's such a big deal.’
      • ‘Bowie and friends became a big deal, and Mick Rock along with them.’
      • ‘Lately, she's become a big deal in the growing alternative movement.’
    2. 1.2big deal Used to express one's contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person.
      • ‘If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.’
      • ‘But big deal, it's a matter of time before a company like that one goes more commercial.’
      • ‘He didn't turn into anything except human, whoo hoo 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.’
      • ‘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.’