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big leagues

An area, echelon, or sphere of great competition, success, 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 in the big leagues now. Welcome to the big leagues, senator.
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big league

An area of tough competition and high rewards; the largest or foremost of its kind. For example, Winning an Oscar put this unknown actress in the big league. The term alludes to the major (big) leagues of American baseball. [Late 1800s] Also see big time, def. 2.
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big league

1. n. a situation where competition is keen and a high level of performance is expected. (Usually plural. Referred originally to major league sports.) You’re in the big leagues now—no more penny-ante stuff.
2. and big-league mod. professional; big time. (From baseball.) When I’m a big-league star, I’ll send you free tickets.
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Right now we have five big leaguers and fifteen Minor Leaguers under contract.
Robinson, remember, was not technically the first black-skinned big leaguer either.
But she is unique for another reason: In the annals of professional baseball, no other teacher has had more future big leaguers or minor leaguers in her classroom.
In fact, a good number of big leaguers were high-achieving academics with degrees from the most distinguished and storied American colleges.
The other big leaguer to reach 200 hits in 2014 was Altuve, who tallied 225 and posted a .
You get treated like a big leaguer, you really feel like you are a big league player.
If you're a big leaguer looking for an edge, baseball's drug policy still has holes large enough to drive a team bus through.
As he established himself as a big leaguer, Banks would be challenged by pitch after pitch that either knocked him down or hit him.
But he has averaged just five innings per start as a big leaguer, and manager Terry Francona has to assume he will get into his bullpen early when Lester pitches.
But he has averaged just five innings per start as a big leaguer, and Francona has to assume he will get into his bullpen early when Lester pitches.
The manager added that it was a happy occasion to greet someone like Bailey as a big leaguer after having had the duty to relay bad news to players going the other way.
But he said he never will forget the first time he saw it as a big leaguer Friday.
For another, Valo has the "distinction" of being the only big leaguer to surfer through two 20-game losing streaks.
His only batting coach, years ago, was his cousin, former big leaguer Carmelo Martinez who played nine years in the majors with the Cubs, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Royals and Reds.