big deal

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big deal (plural big deals)

  1. (idiomatic, informal, often sarcastic) Something very important or difficult; a matter of great concern; a considerable feat or achievement.
    It's a big deal to him to get this promotion.
    It's no big deal if you don't finish it today.
    Why do you always have to make such a big deal of tiny punctuation errors?
  2. (idiomatic, informal) Someone very important; a VIP.
    She's a big deal in music in Spain.

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big deal

  1. (idiomatic, informal, ironic) Indicates that something is not important or impressive; so what.
    He can run a mile in six minutes? Big deal! Some people can do it in four.
    So you beat the worst team in the league. Big deal, call the TV crews.