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Big deal

an important or impressive person or thing:
to make a big deal out of nothing; I hear he’s a big deal on Wall Street now.
(used ironically as an interjection to indicate that one considers something to be unimportant or unimpressive):
So you’re the mayor’s cousin—big deal!
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Historical Examples

A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
Mountain Clement Wood
Three Little Women’s Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Cory Doctorow

(slang) an exclamation of scorn, derision, etc, used esp to belittle a claim or offer

Anything very important; consequential event or circumstance •Often used ironically to deflate someone or something, esp in the retort ”Big deal” after someone has made an earnest reference: Getting good grades is a big deal around here/ So you just bought an Audi. Big deal
An important person; big shot: Thinks he’s a big deal ’cause he’s got that fucking paper backing him up

A matter of great interest or importance, as in Performing in Symphony Hall is a big deal for everyone in the chorus. [ c. 1940 ]
Also see: under make a federal case out of
So what? Who cares? For example, So you got the job after all—well, big deal! This use of the phrase as an ironic interjection dates from approximately the same time.


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