big deal

big deal
1. an important influential person

he thinks he's a big shot


she's a big deal in local politics


the Qaeda commander is a very big fish

Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism
Hyponyms: ↑knocker, ↑supremo
2. anything of great importance or consequence
Hypernyms: ↑importance

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big deal,
U.S. Slang. an important or impressive person, thing, or activity (often used ironically): »

…the local boy knocking out the big deal from the East (Atlantic).

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noun [singular]
: something that is very important

The party was a big deal.

The cost didn't seem like much to me, but I know it was a big deal for many people.

So I'm late. What's the big deal? [=why is that important?]

— often used in negative statements

Flying is no big deal to him.

Don't worry, it's no big deal. [=it's not a problem]

— sometimes used ironically as an interjection to say that something is not important to you

“She's going to be angry.” “Big deal.” [=so what?]

“You broke it!” “Big deal.” [=I don't care]

make a big deal (out) of (something) (or make (something) into a big deal)
: to treat (something) as very important or too important

The girl's song was far from perfect, but her parents made a big deal of it, and she was very happy.

Don't make such a big deal (out) of missing the bus: there'll be another one along in a minute.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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