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adjective big pronunciation in British English /bɪɡ/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    large in size

    a beautiful woman with big eyes

    He kept all his secret papers in a big box.

    great big (=very big):

    At the end of the lane was a great big house.

  2. 2
    large in degree, or having a strong effect

    The company faces big problems.

    The concerts have been a big success.

    1. b.
      [not usually before noun] informal popular with many people

      a type of music that is big in America

  3. 3
    important or major

    We have another big game next week.

    I had never been involved in making the big decisions before.

    Big changes are likely to be made.

    1. a.
      powerful or successful in a particular area of activity

      The place was full of big businessmen.

      big in:

      Her mother is big in daytime television.

      the big two/three/four etc (=the two/three/four etc most important people or organizations):

      Other stores struggle to compete with the big four retailers.

    2. b.




      mainly journalism used for referring to large and powerful industries that are considered to have a lot of political influence

      Big Tobacco (=the major cigarette companies)

      an important victory for Big Oil



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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