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noun [singular] spoken big deal pronunciation in British English
  1. something that is very important
    Unemployment is a big deal in the region.
    it’s no big deal: It’s no big deal if you can’t pay me back right now.
    it’s not that big a deal: Relax – it’s not that big a deal if we’re five minutes late.
    make a big deal (out) of something (=behave as if it is very important): I know he’s done well in his exams, but I don’t see why he has to make such a big deal out of it!

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