big time

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big time (plural big times)

  1. The highest, or most prestigious level in any field, especially in entertainment.
    Synonyms: big league, major league
    • 2012, Ben Smith, Leeds United 2-1 Everton[1]:
      This was a rare whiff of the big-time for a club whose staple diet became top-flight football for so long - the glamour was in short supply, however. Thousands of empty seats and the driving Yorkshire rain saw to that.


big time (comparative more big time, superlative most big time)

  1. (informal) By a large margin; with great significance.
    • 2013 September 18, “Wheel of Fortune contestant loses chance at $1 million after mispronouncing a word”, in Daily Mail:
      A Wheel of Fortune contestant was about to win a shot at the million dollar grand prize when he bumbled his answer and lost out big time.
    • 2015 January 28, Hugo Martin, “American Airlines’ fuel-buying bet pays off in record profit”, in Los Angeles Times:
      “American doesn’t hedge,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner for the trade publication Airlines Weekly. “So, they have won big time.”
    • 2019 December 6, Kerry Gold, “North Vancouver condo buyers ‘won big time playing the long game’”, in The Globe and Mail (Vancouver):
      North Vancouver condo buyers ‘won big time playing the long game’ [title]
    • 2020 June 22, Alan Swann, “Peterborough United almost missed out on signing star man Ivan Toney, but now they are set to cash in big-time”, in Peterborough Telegraph:
      Peterborough United almost missed out on signing star man Ivan Toney, but now they are set to cash in big-time [title]
    • 2021 January 1, Paul Krugman, “Things Will Get Better. Seriously.”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      But on other fronts there’s a clear case for optimism. Science has come to our rescue, big time, with the miraculously fast development of vaccines against the coronavirus.

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English big time


big time

  1. (postpositive, informal) to a great extent, very
    • 2012, Astrid Heise-Fjeldgren, Kys og kanel 4 - Jagten på Joe, Gyldendal A/S (→ISBN)
      Fordi jeg kastede op big time den aften.
      Because I threw up a lot that evening.
    • 2010, Maria Hirse, Når mad er din fjende, Lindhardt og Ringhof (→ISBN)
      Jeg havde fucket op big time, ...
      I had really fucked up, ...

Usage notes[edit]

Often in connection with the verb fucke op.