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noun [countable] league pronunciation in British English /liːɡ/
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singularleague
pluralleagues
  1. 1
    a group of teams or players who regularly compete against one another, put in order according to how many points they have won
    the Italian first-division football league
    be top/bottom of the league: Chelsea are top of the league again.
    league champions/leaders
    1. a.
      British a list of organizations, places etc put in order according to how good they are in some way
      a league of Europe’s cleanest beaches
      schools which are top of the performance league
  2. 2
    a group of people or things that are similar in their quality, skills, or achievements
    not be in the same league as someone/something: He’s not bad, but he’s not in the same league as the others.
    be in a different league from someone/something (=be much better): If you ask me, Soderberg’s in a different league from most Hollywood film directors.
    be in a league of your own (=be much better than the rest): She’s always been in a league of her own.
    be out of someone’s league (=too good/difficult/expensive etc for someone): She’ll never go out with someone like you: she’s way out of your league.

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