big Idioms & Phrases


big band

  • noun a large dance or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead musicians
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big bang

  • noun (cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
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big bang theory

  • noun (cosmology) the theory that the universe originated sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from the cataclysmic explosion of a small volume of matter at extremely high density and temperature
    big bang theory.
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big bedbug

  • noun large bloodsucking bug
    cone-nosed bug; conenose; kissing bug; conenose bug.
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big ben

  • noun clock in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
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big bend

  • noun a triangular area in southwestern Texas on the Mexican border; formed by a bend in the Rio Grande
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big bend national park

  • noun a large national park in Texas featuring mountains and desert and canyons and wildlife
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big bill haywood

  • noun United States labor leader and militant socialist who was one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World (1869-1928)
    Haywood; William Dudley Haywood.
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big bill tilden

  • noun United States tennis player who dominated men's tennis in the 1920s (1893-1953)
    William Tatem Tilden Jr.; Tilden.
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big blue

  • noun a reliable and deadly 15,000-pound fragmentation bomb that explodes just above ground with a large radius; the largest conventional bomb in existence; used in Afghanistan
    BLU-82.
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big board

  • noun a stock exchange in New York
    New York Stock Exchange; NYSE; N. Y. Stock Exchange.
  • noun the large display board at the New York Stock Exchange that reports on stocks traded on the exchange
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big brother

  • noun an authoritarian leader and invader of privacy
  • noun an older brother
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big brown bat

  • noun rather large North American brown bat; widely distributed
    Eptesicus fuscus.
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big bucks

  • noun a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
    big bucks; megabucks; pile; bundle.
    • she made a bundle selling real estate
    • they sank megabucks into their new house
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big business

  • noun commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
    • big business is growing so powerful it is difficult to regulate it effectively
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big businessman

  • noun a very wealthy or powerful businessman
    business leader; tycoon; magnate; baron; power; king; mogul; top executive.
    • an oil baron
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big cat

  • noun any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    cat.
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big cheese

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big deal

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
  • noun anything of great importance or consequence
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big dipper

  • noun a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
    Wagon; Wain; Charles's Wain; Plough; Dipper.
  • noun elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
    chute-the-chute; roller coaster.
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big enchilada

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big fish

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big game

  • noun large animals that are hunted for sport
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big gun

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big h

  • noun street names for heroin
    skag; nose drops; thunder; hell dust; smack; scag.
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big hand

  • noun points to the minutes
    minute hand.
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big league

  • noun the most important league in any sport (especially baseball)
    majors; major league.
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big leaguer

  • noun a member of a major-league baseball team
    major leaguer.
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big marigold

  • noun a stout branching annual with large yellow to orange flower heads; Mexico and Central America
    Tagetes erecta; Aztec marigold; African marigold.
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big money

  • noun a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
    big bucks; megabucks; pile; bundle.
    • she made a bundle selling real estate
    • they sank megabucks into their new house
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big sagebrush

  • noun aromatic shrub of arid regions of western North America having hoary leaves
    blue sage; Seriphidium tridentatum; Artemisia tridentata.
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big science

  • noun scientific research that requires massive capital investment but is expected to yield very significant results
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big shagbark

  • noun hickory of the eastern United States resembling the shagbark but having a much larger nut
    Carya laciniosa; big shellbark; king nut; big shagbark; king nut hickory.
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big shellbark

  • noun hickory of the eastern United States resembling the shagbark but having a much larger nut
    Carya laciniosa; big shellbark; king nut; big shagbark; king nut hickory.
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big shellbark hickory

  • noun hickory of the eastern United States resembling the shagbark but having a much larger nut
    Carya laciniosa; big shellbark; king nut; big shagbark; king nut hickory.
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big shot

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big sioux river

  • noun a river that rises in northeastern South Dakota and flows southward to join the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa
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big sister

  • noun an older sister
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big spender

  • noun one who spends lavishly and ostentatiously on entertainment
    high roller.
    • the last of the big spenders
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big stick

  • noun a display of force or power
    • speak softly but carry a big stick
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big sur

  • noun a picturesque coastal region of California to the south of San Francisco
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big time

  • noun the highest level of an occupation (especially in entertainment)
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big toe

  • noun the first largest innermost toe
    hallux; great toe.
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big top

  • noun a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
    circus tent; top; round top.
    • he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
    • they had the big top up in less than an hour
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big tree

  • noun extremely lofty evergreen of southern end of western foothills of Sierra Nevada in California; largest living organism
    Sequoia gigantea; Sierra redwood; giant sequoia; Sequoiadendron giganteum; Sequoia Wellingtonia.
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big wheel

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big shot; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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big-bang theory

  • noun (cosmology) the theory that the universe originated sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from the cataclysmic explosion of a small volume of matter at extremely high density and temperature
    big bang theory.
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big-bellied

  • adjective satellite having a prominent belly
    great bellied.
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Big"-bel`lied adjective

Definitions
  1. Having a great belly; as, a big-bellied man or flagon; advanced in pregnancy.
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big-boned

  • adjective satellite having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh
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big-bud hickory

  • noun smooth-barked North American hickory with 7 to 9 leaflets bearing a hard-shelled edible nut
    black hickory; Carya tomentosa; white-heart hickory; mockernut; mockernut hickory.
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big-chested

  • adjective satellite marked by a large or well-developed chest
    chesty.
    • he was big-chested, big-shouldered and heavy-armed
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big-cone douglas fir

  • noun douglas fir of California having cones 4-8 inches long
    Pseudotsuga macrocarpa; big-cone douglas fir.
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big-cone spruce

  • noun douglas fir of California having cones 4-8 inches long
    Pseudotsuga macrocarpa; big-cone douglas fir.
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big-eared bat

  • noun large carnivorous Old World bat with very large ears
    Megaderma lyra.
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big-eyed scad

  • noun of Atlantic coastal waters; commonly used for bait
    bigeye scad; Selar crumenophthalmus; goggle-eye.
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big-leaf maple

  • noun maple of western North America having large 5-lobed leaves orange in autumn
    Acer macrophyllum; Oregon maple.
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big-shouldered

  • adjective satellite having broad shoulders
    square-shouldered; broad-shouldered.
    • big-shouldered and heavy-armed
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big-ticket

  • adjective satellite very expensive
    high-ticket.
    • big-ticket items like cars and furs
    • a big-ticket government program
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big-toothed aspen

  • noun aspen with a narrow crown; eastern North America
    large tooth aspen; bigtoothed aspen; bigtooth aspen; large-toothed aspen; Canadian aspen; Populus grandidentata.
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big-tree plum

  • noun small tree of southwestern United States having purplish-red fruit sometimes cultivated as an ornamental for its large leaves
    Prunus mexicana.
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big-wigged

Big"-wigged` adjective

Definitions
  1. characterized by pomposity of manner. Eng.
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To talk big

  • to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously.
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too big for one's breeches

  • adjective satellite (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
    snotty; snot-nosed; bigheaded; stuck-up; persnickety; uppish; snooty.
    • a snotty little scion of a degenerate family"-Laurent Le Sage
    • they're snobs--stuck-up and uppity and persnickety
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western big-eared bat

  • noun bat of western North America having extremely large ears
    Plecotus townsendi.
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