play in the big leagues

play in the big leagues

To work, compete, or participate in an area, echelon, or sphere of exceptional success, ability, power, achievement, etc. Refers to major (i.e., "big") leagues of sports teams. I know you're new here, but you need to perform much better than that. You're playing in the big leagues now. These aren't petty small-town squabbles you're involved in anymore, Senator—you're playing in the big leagues.
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play in the big leagues

Fig. to be involved in something of large or important proportions. (Alludes to playing a professional sport at the highest level.) You had better shape up if you want to play in the big leagues. The conductor shouted at the oboist, "You're playing in the big leagues now. Tune up or ship out."
See also: big, league, play

play in the big leagues

in. to become involved in something of large or important proportions. The conductor shouted at the oboist, “You’re playing in the big leagues now. Tune up or ship out.”
See also: big, league, play