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big of (one)

Noble or commendable. This phrase is often said sarcastically. Wow, you're actually going to spend time with your brother tonight? That's big of you. It's big of you to reconcile with people who have wronged you in the past.
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big (of someone)

generous; kind or forgiving. (Sometimes sarcastic.) He gave me some of his apple. That was very big of him. It was big of Sally to come over and apologize like that.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Americans, they say, have a preternatural resistance to bigness. Competition fits with Americans' self-professed values of liberty and equality and opportunity.
There were the trust-busting cases brought by Teddy Roosevelt, who didn't mind bigness per se but was concerned about "preventing the growth of monopoly corporations into something that might transcend the power of elected government to control." Then there were the cases brought by the less famous Thurman Arnold, who as head of the antitrust division under Franklin Roosevelt brought an astonishing 1,375 complaints involving forty industries.
Northcote Parkinson (Parkinson's Law), urged "smallness as a solution to the problems of bigness" for his entire career as an economist.
Brandeis's preoccupation with "bigness" was not limited to large corporate scale; he was also deeply concerned with large governmental scale generally, and a large-scale federal government in particular.
There are aerial photographs of Satwa showing the old houses with corrugated metal roofs, narrow roads and people riding bicycles contrasting sharply with the 'corridor of bigness' of the skyscrapers on Shaikh Zayed Road looming in the background.
A research image from 'Lifescapes Beyond Bigness' shows children gathered around a fire in an Emirati neighborhood.
He also said that in today's industry, the problem is there are less people who are willing to take the risk to walk through a door of opportunities to unlock the bigness beyond business.
Ambition, a laudable attribute, gets equated with bigness. But bigness does not generate quality.
Bigness was further ordered to submit to GPS monitoring and to stay off computers and other devices with Internet access as terms of his probation.
But the past slogan of 1960ies "Big Turkey," and the bigness today are different in terms of magnitude and the amount consumed.
The author describes how public debates became focused on the evils of monopoly rather than the evils of bigness. This is hardly surprising, for the negative impact of artificial monopoly was easy to understand.
Rengo Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan, announced that its wholly-owned nonwovens business subsidiary, Rengo Nonwoven Products Co., Ltd., is preparing to establish a nonwoven sales company and begin local production in Jiangsu, China as the first step towards the overseas expansion of its nonwovens bigness.
originary callings for neat bigness and a flat chest
The first make the case for the significance of smallness and presents the problem of bigness as one of alienating structures.
"But I did want to keep the bigness of it," he says.