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big time

noun     informal
the big time the state of being famous or successful: She finally hit the big time (= became famous or successful) with her latest novel. You've really made the big time now (= become famous or successful).Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailuresFame and famous big-time     /ˈbɪɡ.taɪm/ adjective highest or most successful: Steve Largent was regarded as Seattle's first big-time football star.Successful (things or people)
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