big time definition by Webster's New World
- vaudeville performed in the top-ranking, big-city theatrical circuits, at high pay
- the level regarded as highest in any profession, occupation, etc.
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Slang at, of, or to a very great degree, extent, etc.: a big-time swindle, to be hurt big-time
big time definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun InformalThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The most prestigious level of attainment in a competitive field: made it to the big time with his latest film.
- bigˈ-timˌer noun
big time - Phrases/Idioms
An enjoyable or exciting time, as in The children came home exhausted but happy; they really had a big time at the circus. [Mid-1800s]
The highest or most important level in any enterprise, as in I knew that when I made it through the last audition, I was finally in the big time. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see big league.