What's the big idea?

What's the big idea?

A question that expresses frustration or annoyance about what is happening and asks (at least rhetorically) for the reason or motivation behind it. Are you dancing with my girl? What's the big idea? Hey, what's the big idea? Why are you wearing my clothes?
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What's The Big Idea? is a popular CBeebies show looking at big issues marketed as 'a starting point for introducing philosophy to young children'.
Print or project the activity What's the Big Idea?, and have students use it to identify central ideas and key supporting details in the article.
David Petraeus always liked to ask subordinates, "What's the big idea?" as a way of prodding thinking.
"What's the Big Idea?" asked Gordon James Gorman in his introductory presentation.
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From easy art projects supporting art examples to color pictures of works by famous artists, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES IN ABSTRACT ART is a winning art survey.
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?: Have students choose one of the inventors listed at invent.org.
Miranda's brainwave has already led her to pick up pounds 1,500, after winning the What's the Big Idea? competition run by the Eliot Park Innovation Centre in Nuneaton.
Miranda de Freston scooped pounds 1,500 after winning the What's the Big Idea? competition run by the Eliot Park Innovation Centre (EPIC) in Eliot Park, Barling Way, Nuneaton, after setting up her new website JuggleFrogs.co.uk
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Brain Power: What's the Big Idea? 2,400,000 Years of Inventions takes middle school readers on a whirlwind illustrated tour of some of the most significant breakthroughs in human history.
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? Vitsmart - a water-based drink that's packed with vitamins and minerals - invented by me, Chris Pomeroy, 51, from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire.
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