big name

big name
1. n. a famous and important person.
Lots of big names were there lending their support to the cause.
One of the big names invited for the event canceled out at the last minute.
2. AND big-name mod. famous; important.
Some big-name star I’ve never heard of was there pretending to serve dinner.
The big-name ballplayers make millions.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • big´-name´ — big name, U.S. Informal. a well known or established person or thing. –big´ name´, adjective …   Useful english dictionary

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  • big-name — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : of top rank in popular recognition : notable a big name industrialist a big name university big name guests at a hotel 2. : of or involving a big name person, organization, or product …   Useful english dictionary

  • big name — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms big name : singular big name plural big names informal a famous person in a particular activity A lot of big names showed up at the gallery opening. big name in: a big name in local politics …   English dictionary

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