I. adjective Date: 1930 relating to or involved in the big time <
big-time sports
; also major 4 <
big-time operators
II. adverb Date: 1980 in a major or large-scale way <
the new show bombed big-time
; also to a great extent or degree <
owes me big-time

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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