Definition of big-ticket in English:

big-ticket

adjective

North american
informal
  • [attributive] Constituting a major expense.

    ‘big-ticket items such as cars, houses, and expensive vacations’
    • ‘The idea is to use Linux to not only sell expensive computers but also high-margin software and big-ticket support and consulting services.’
    • ‘The statements also force government bodies to note costs to maintain or replace big-ticket items such as vehicles, computers and buildings.’
    • ‘Those items will likely include other big-ticket purchases, such as airplanes and major appliances, Roth says.’
    • ‘So it is a big-ticket item for us if we're going to eliminate the fear and be successful over the next 100 days with all the attacks against Americans.’
    • ‘Rather than play Russian roulette with big-ticket movies, financial backers have begun to place smaller bets, putting their money in more modest projects.’
    • ‘It was the only painting stolen from the PMA that day and wasn't necessarily a big-ticket item.’
    • ‘Most of the major issues are on big-ticket items such as K - 12 education reform, job training and health funding.’
    • ‘Some analysts wonder whether the feds might eventually ration big-ticket expenses.’
    • ‘Taking precautionary measures can help you keep your car running smoothly and save on big-ticket expenses down the line.’
    • ‘It took $200 million to make, so really their goal right now is to bring in big-ticket sales and have a big opening weekend.’
    • ‘Some early-birds even went for the straight to the big-ticket items on sale, such as flat-screen TVs and computers.’
    • ‘In the four years that Ann and Slate have been producing the list, it has become the definitive index of big-ticket American philanthropy.’
    • ‘The report identifies that much work needs to be done, funding needs to be improved, and that the council consider partnerships with sponsors for big-ticket events.’
    • ‘But aside from these big-ticket items, much of the ‘another world is possible’ view remains murky.’
    • ‘Dinner tickets are $2,500 each, and tables were the big-ticket item at $25,000 each.’
    • ‘Retail sales remain relatively strong, particularly for big-ticket items like cars.’
    • ‘Finally, the big-ticket endorsements for President Bush are coming in.’
    • ‘… With Hardaway gone, PF Anthony Mason is the next big-ticket decision for the Heat.’
    • ‘So far, the big-ticket speeches at the Republican convention have dealt almost exclusively with foreign policy and the war on terrorism.’
    • ‘The big-ticket item, and the part that will generate the biggest cost overruns, is the Capitol Hill / U-District tunnel.’

Pronunciation:

big-ticket

/ˈbiɡˌtikit/