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(the) big bucks

A lot of money. I wasn't looking for a new job, but I couldn't say no to one that offered me big bucks. She makes the big bucks because she manages an entire department.
See also: big, buck
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

big bucks

a very large amount of money. He earns big bucks for doing almost nothing.
See also: big, buck
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

big bucks

A great deal of money, as in A swimming pool-that means you're spending big bucks. Buck has been slang for "dollar" since the mid-1800s. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
See also: big, buck
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

big bucks

n. a lot of money. (see also megabucks.) She gets paid big bucks to worry about stuff like that.
See also: big, buck
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Now the big buck bounded past us not half a spear's throw away, and behind him streamed the countless wolves, and from the throats of the wolves went up that awful music.
Being stuck in mediocrity is quite possibly the worst place a salesman can be, claims "The All-Star Sales Book: Get In the Game, Boost Your Numbers, and Earn the Big Bucks".
There is a small creek bordered by cedars on both sides adjacent to a maple ridge that seemed like a perfect travel route for the big bucks in the area.
That's when he gets the big bucks. Maybe even a Grammy or an Oscar.