big year


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big year

1. A particularly fortuitous, beneficial, or productive year. It's been a big year for our company: we've grown from a minor start-up to a real contender in the market.
2. A bird-watching competition informally organized by individuals, local groups, or larger bodies. It centers on identifying as many unique species of birds as possible within a calendar year and is usually contained to a specific geographical area. We might not win any cash or prizes, but the local big year offers a unique chance to improve my birding techniques.
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Mackin said: "I wanted the win to set up a big year for me next year and we'll see where that goes.
The 16 candidates are competing in the Your Big Year prize to become a world ambassador for Liverpool by working on international voluntary projects.
The unique prize is up for grabs in a competition called Your Big Year that will benefit dozens of charities.
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'We've both got a big year ahead, and we thought, just for this year, we'd give each other some time to grow
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Reading head of youth football Brendan Rodgers said: 'It is really unfortunate as it is a big year for him.
A teenager is looking forward to a big year when she becomes the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Northum-berland 2004.
john bishop's big year BBC1 9.30pm There are laughs aplenty as the comedian looks back at the past year with clips and sketches.
Paul Gardner, from Kirkby, secured his place in Your Big Year by filming a three minute video to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
It promises to be a big year for the 160-year-old Rock Ferry based club with the famous Mersey Mylnes celebrating their 70th birthday.