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What's the big idea?

A question that expresses frustration or annoyance about what is happening and asks (at least rhetorically) for the reason or motivation behind it. Are you dancing with my girl? What's the big idea? Hey, what's the big idea? Why are you wearing my clothes?
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WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA: Garrett says she's attracted to "plays that seem impossible to stage, and to those which impact us in tremendous ways, chasing us out of our comfort zones." She continues: "My mandate in the theatre is to give voice to the voiceless, and I am inspired by stories that expose the dark and discarded in the corners of our existence." Though still young, Garrett has been in the theatre long enough to see it go through distinct periods.
What's The Big Idea? is a popular CBeebies show looking at big issues marketed as 'a starting point for introducing philosophy to young children'.
Print or project the activity What's the Big Idea?, and have students use it to identify central ideas and key supporting details in the article.
David Petraeus always liked to ask subordinates, "What's the big idea?" as a way of prodding thinking.
"What's the Big Idea?" asked Gordon James Gorman in his introductory presentation.
What's the Big Idea? Inventions that Changed Life on Earth Forever
What's the big idea? Is it the lone project with obsessive-compulsive designers and a never-ending well of resources; or is it the one product out of a hundred that eked out atop of the sausage race?
"What's the big idea" will mainly take place from 14 - 18 June and bring together the achievements of UK higher education under a single banner with a different theme each day.
Perhaps Robert Gibson sums it up best in the first edition of his new column What's the Big Idea, "The only hope for sustainability is seeing ecology, economy and society as interdependent, and finding ways to serve all three at once, in ways that are mutually reinforcing."
What's the big idea? Evans wants to install five small radio beacons at key points in Wales which will transmit low frequency radio signals, the furthest reach of which will invisibly form the five Olympic rings.
AMONG the Tees Valley entrants so far to take up the Challenge are: Who: Gary Eccles, pictured right How old: 50 Does what: Head GPE Land and Estate builders, Marton What's the big idea: Among the 23 he's come up with so far, he plans to launch Idea2Business - a dating agency for "serial ideas" people like himself and franchisors.
What's the Big Idea? Four Centuries of Innovation in Boston
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?: Have students choose one of the inventors listed at invent.org.
Miranda de Freston scooped pounds 1,500 after winning the What's the Big Idea? competition run by the Eliot Park Innovation Centre (EPIC) in Eliot Park, Barling Way, Nuneaton, after setting up her new website JuggleFrogs.co.uk
So what's the big idea that will newly capture the imagination and swing our politics in a new direction?
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