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major league(s)

An area, echelon, or sphere of great competition, success, power, achievement, etc. Refers to the major leagues of sports teams. I know you're new here, but you need to perform much better if you want to stay in this law firm. You're in the major leagues now. Welcome to the major league of politics, senator.
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major in (something)

To complete a college or university degree with a particular subject as its focus. Originally I thought I would major in English literature, but I switch to psychology in my second year. Samantha's majoring in economics, with a minor in history.
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major in something

to specialize in a certain subject in college. I majored in history in college. I want to major in math.
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major in

v.
To complete a long-term course of study in some subject that is one's main focus: In high school I was interested in math, but in college I majored in history.
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major

mod. excellent; serious; severe. (Collegiate.) This rally is, like, major! Nick is a major dweeb.
References in classic literature ?
Major Fitz-David lifted his eyebrows (dyed to match his whiskers) in polite surprise.
I could get no further; Major Fitz-David deliberately stopped me.
The Major started, and looked at me very attentively.
Dear Major Fitz-David, I have no friends to take my part: I have nobody to come to but you!
"Really," said the major, "I am quite ashamed of the trouble I am giving you."
The major made a wise choice; he took the full glass and a biscuit.
"All," said the major, hastily swallowing his biscuit, "positively all."
"Capital!" cried the major; "but do you know that, at nine dollars a pound, this projectile will cost "
O'Dowd will stay and enlighten you, Emmy," Captain Osborne said; and the two gentlemen, taking each a wing of the Major, walked out with that officer, grinning at each other over his head.
"One of us," continued the major, "will take care of the sentinel.
"God be praised!" cried the major, finding his orderly untouched, and the carriage in its place.
The major, holding his sabre in his well hand, with his pistols in his belt, gathered up the reins with the other hand and mounted one horse while the grenadier mounted the other.
The interior exhibited a paradox often to be marked in such morning hours: that the rooms seemed brighter than the sky outside; even after the Major had turned out the one gaslight in the front hall.
While he stood wavering in the hall Major Putnam rushed past him and sent a raging eye over the whole oblong of the tablecloth.
The Major patted him on the shoulder with a gesture almost peculiar to the soothing of a sick child, and said: "It was a burglar.