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major league(s)

An area, echelon, or sphere of great competition, success, power, achievement, etc. Refers to the major leagues of sports teams. I know you're new here, but you need to perform much better if you want to stay in this law firm. You're in the major leagues now. Welcome to the major league of politics, senator.
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major in something

to specialize in a certain subject in college. I majored in history in college. I want to major in math.
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major in

v.
To complete a long-term course of study in some subject that is one's main focus: In high school I was interested in math, but in college I majored in history.
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major

mod. excellent; serious; severe. (Collegiate.) This rally is, like, major! Nick is a major dweeb.
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One of us," continued the major, "will take care of the sentinel.
cried the major, finding his orderly untouched, and the carriage in its place.
The major, holding his sabre in his well hand, with his pistols in his belt, gathered up the reins with the other hand and mounted one horse while the grenadier mounted the other.
I must explain to you," said the major, "that, fully confiding in the signature of the Abbe Busoni, I had not provided myself with any other funds; so that if this resource had failed me, I should have found myself very unpleasantly situated in Paris.
The major drew an arm-chair towards him, and proceeded to seat himself.
Really," said the major, "I am quite ashamed of the trouble I am giving you.
The interior exhibited a paradox often to be marked in such morning hours: that the rooms seemed brighter than the sky outside; even after the Major had turned out the one gaslight in the front hall.
While he stood wavering in the hall Major Putnam rushed past him and sent a raging eye over the whole oblong of the tablecloth.
The Major patted him on the shoulder with a gesture almost peculiar to the soothing of a sick child, and said: "It was a burglar.
But," interrupted the major, "since the weight of a shot is proportionate to its volume, an iron ball of nine feet in diameter would be of tremendous weight.
But, my dear president," said the major, "is not the cost price of aluminum extremely high?
replied the major, who was not willing readily to give in; "even that is an enormous price.
And you with such a beautiful front of black, Peggy, my dear," the Major cried.
It's the 150th gives us a farewell dinner, my love," interposed the Major, "but we'll easy get a card for Mr.
Major O'Dowd's compliments to Colonel Tavish, and Captain Osborne has brought his brothernlaw down, and will bring him to the 150th mess at five o'clock sharp--when you and I, my dear, will take a snack here, if you like.