big league
noun Date: 1899 1. major league 2. big time 2 — often used in plural • big-league adjectivebig leaguer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • big league — /ˈbɪg lig/ (say big leeg) noun 1. US Sport a professional baseball league. 2. the area of greatest competition, achievement, excitement, etc., in any field. –phrase 3. be in (or play) the big league, to be among the best in any field of endeavour …   Australian English dictionary

  • big league — 1. Sports. See major league. 2. Often, big leagues. Informal. the area of greatest competition, highest achievement or rewards, etc.: He s a local politician who isn t ready for the big league. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

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