big time Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"big time" in British English

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big timeadverb

uk   us   informal
If you do something ​bigtime, you do it to a ​greatdegree: "How was the ​interview?" "Terrible, I ​messed up ​bigtime." Chrissy's into ​skiingbigtime (= ​likesskiing a lot).

big timenoun

uk   us   informal
the big time the ​state of being ​famous or ​successful: She ​finally hit the ​bigtime (= ​becamefamous or ​successful) with her ​latestnovel. You've really made the ​bigtime now (= ​becomefamous or ​successful).
big-time
adjective uk   us   /ˈbɪɡ.taɪm/
highest or most ​successful: Steve Largent was ​regarded as Seattle's first big-time ​footballstar.
(Definition of big time from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"big time" in American English

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big timenoun [U]

 /ˈbɪɡ ˈtɑɪm/
infml the ​state of being ​famous or ​successful: You’ve really ​hit the big time now.

big-timeadjective [not gradable]

 /ˈbɪɡ ˌtɑɪm/
infml relating to someone or something that is ​famous or ​successful: Her ​influence is ​secureeven though she's had ​limitedexperience in big-time ​politics.

big-timeadverb [not gradable]

(also big time)  
infml to a ​largedegree; in an ​extreme way: I ​flunked the ​testbigtime.
(Definition of big time from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"big-time" in Business English

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big-timeadjective [before noun]

uk   us   informal
used to describe someone or something that is very ​successful: Malik is a big-time ​realestatedeveloper.
(Definition of big-time from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “big time”
in Chinese (Simplified) 很大程度上,非常…
in Chinese (Traditional) 很大程度上,非常…
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