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hit the big time

To become very famous or successful. Though she'd been acting for years, it was after her role in last summer's blockbuster that she finally hit the big time.
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Cosby's conviction ended the career of a once-towering figure in late 20th-century American popular culture, the first black actor to grace primetime US television, hitting the big time after growing up as the son of a maid.
HARD-WORKING Ronnie Corbett, below, took on all kinds of roles before hitting the big time - and I'm sure he was delighted to be reminded of his appearances in longforgotten (if they were ever remembered) films such as Fun At St Fanny's and Operation Snatch, and on stage in the West End disaster Twang (The Many Faces of Ronnie Corbett, BBC2, last night).
A FORMER Huddersfield New College student is hitting the big time career after landing a part in a pantomime.
It's a Long Story: My Life provides the definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson and incorporates more than a light dose of humor into a production that is "told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it." Familiarity with and appreciation for Nelson's music is a prerequisite to fully appreciating this account of how he moved between Texas to the Pacific Northwest and around the country as he honed his music and moved from selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias to writing song after song in hopes of hitting the big time. How he hit that big time--and, more importantly, what he did with it--forms the foundation of a lively autobiography that recounts some of the biggest names in country music and his friendships and encounters with them.
A man of fine talent though he was, it looked as if he may have been fated to tread this familiar path without ever hitting the big time.
The 23-year-old has had some well-documented wild nights out since hitting the big time - but this was her first wildlife night out.
THEY say that "blood is thicker than water", but try telling that to Rhys as he struggles to forgive Josh for ruining their chances of hitting the big time with the Somethings.
Just before hitting the big time with the first Die Hard, he made this enjoyable thriller which took the Alien formula and relocated it to the jungle.
The line-up was chosen because they all have one thing in common - they changed their name before hitting the big time.
A music production firm in Newcastle is hitting the big time after its work was snapped up by hit TV show, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).
Despite hitting the big time his dangerous feud with fellow rappers rages on.
RISING stars Dragonheart are really hitting the big time.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band was formed during World War One and enjoyed considerable success before really hitting the big time when they were chosen to play a fictional band in Brassed Off, starring Pete Postlethwaite.
Super slimmers at Birmingham's men-only weight loss club are hitting the big time - by expanding to include a special twin programme for heavyweight dads and their sons.
After hitting the big time with singles like Linger and Zombie in the early 90s, she retreated from the spotlight.