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.

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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.