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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 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 ?
Dear Major Fitz-David, I have no friends to take my part: I have nobody to come to but 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.
The worthy major raised his eyes to heaven and sighed.
That was the general opinion, sir," said the major, "and I" --
The major recovered himself, and resumed his usual calm manner, at the same time casting his eyes down, either to give himself time to compose his countenance, or to assist his imagination, all the while giving an under-look at the count, the protracted smile on whose lips still announced the same polite curiosity.
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.
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.
Masters of Studzianka, they could sweep the plain, and by daylight the major could see two of their columns moving and forming on the heights.
Let us go inside," said Major Putnam, rather sharply, and led the way into his house.
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.