a big deal

a big deal

a subject, situation, or event which people think is important I don't know why this issue has become such a big deal. Losing the match was no big deal. All I said was, I'm going to have a baby - what's the big deal? Yes, it's his birthday today, but he doesn't want to make a big deal of it. (= make people notice it by having a special celebration)
See also: big, deal
References in classic literature ?
I worked a big deal in futures for their father this morning; nice girls; it's time they were getting married.
It was a big deal in 1963, and it would be a big deal now,'' McConahay said.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't think the scuffle between Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent of the Giants was such a big deal.