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Informal. the highest or most important level in any profession or occupation:
She’s a talented violinist, but she’s not ready for the big time.
Slang. a very good time.
Theater. (in vaudeville) any highly successful circuit of theaters that produces two performances daily.

the big time, the highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp the entertainment business
(as modifier): a big-time comedian

An enjoyable or exciting time, as in The children came home exhausted but happy; they really had a big time at the circus. [ Mid-1800s ]
The highest or most important level in any enterprise, as in I knew that when I made it through the last audition, I was finally in the big time. [ ; c. 1900 ]
Also see: big league


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