big one

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big one (plural big ones)

  1. (colloquial) Something important; (with 'the') the most important one, (especially sports) the big game, the big play
    1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, xi:
    Wood agreed. ‘This is it.’
    ‘The big one,’ said Fred Weasley.
    ‘The one we’ve all been waiting for,’ said George.
    ‘We know Oliver’s speech by heart,’ Fred told Harry.
  2. (US, colloquial) One hundred or one thousand dollars.
  3. (US, colloquial) A dollar.
    • 2007, Sam Venable, Someday I May Find Honest Work: A Newspaper Humorist's Life, University of Tennessee Press, →ISBN, page 157:
      The visitors won't know the difference because [] after they’ve dropped five hundred big ones at the factory outlet stores, an extra dollar will seem like the bargain of the century.
    • 2007, Wilson Marsh, Ouiji (novella), in Six After Midnight, Steel Moon Publishing, →ISBN, page 78:
      “I spent seventy-five big ones to have my computer crash.”
    • 2008, Daniel Edward Craig, Murder at Hotel Cinema, Llewellyn Worldwide, →ISBN, page 101:
      [] I paid 150,000 big ones for her to kill herself in front of the biggest wigs in Hollywood? []