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big time

1. adverb A lot; in a significant manner. You owe me big time for driving you to the airport at 4 AM! We're going to need to catch up big time if we want a chance to win.
2. noun A status or situation involving a lot of fame or success. Though she'd been acting for years, it was after her role in last summer's blockbuster that she finally hit the big time.
3. adjective Prominent or significant. The phrase is usually hyphenated when used as an adjective. Though she'd been acting for years, it was her role in last summer's blockbuster that turned her into a big-time star.
See also: big, time

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There are important costs that policymakers need to consider when they think about the funds that are being directed toward big-time sports," Lindo said.
In looking for the likely causes, this professor of English and American studies at Indiana University points his finger at big-time college sports and the special problems they present to undergraduates.
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Big-time bosses do not toss away Champions League campaigns by sending out a reserve team against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.
He's not going to panic and bring in four big-time free agents just because the Ducks won.
The men who run big-time bodybuilding love to pretend that it is only for straight people.
This alternately thrills and horrifies his superiors, who on the one hand are delighted when Darias gets big-time traffickers to launder money through Dean, and on the other are horrified that their top-secret project is controlled by a walk-on with a felony record.
According to Cery Perle, chief executive officer of Newport: "Newport is determined to give small businesses big-time products that anyone can use.
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The Big East has escaped the kind of major recruiting scandals that have plagued big-time basketball schools like Kentucky and Nevada-Las Vegas.
The suspected right-hand man of a big-time drug pusher managed to escape his jail escorts while on his way to attend a court hearing in this city on Tuesday morning.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, Larry is just one of those big-time players who makes big-time plays in big-time situations,'' Taft coach Derrick Taylor said.
That's right--every jammin', big-time phrase you read in this piece, homegirl, is now official.