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- The highest, or most prestigious level in any field, especially in entertainment.
- 2012, Ben Smith, Leeds United 2-1 Everton:
- 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.
- (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]
- (postpositive, informal) to a great extent, very
Often in connection with the verb fucke op.