Here are 9 expressions with the word “big” to make you sound smarter:
If you have a “big brother”, then you have an elder brother.
- My big brother is valedictorian.
- Adrian has gone fishing with his big brother.
The term “big brother” also refers to a person or people in authority who try to control people’s behaviour (related to the book “Big Brother” by George Orwell).
- The government in that country acts like a big brother to local people. They limit their freedom and don’t allow them to say their opinion.
A big decision is an important decision.
- You have to think carefully before making any big decisions.
- They made that big decision and last Saturday finally got married.
IN A BIG WAY
When we say that something is done or happening in a big way we mean that it is done or happening on a large scale.
- Last night’s earthquake affected local people in a big way.
- After they won the lottery they started spending in a big way.
The term “bigwig” refers to a person of importance.
- The bigwigs got together and passed the law.
- There were some of the local bigwigs at the party.
A big-hearted person is kind and generous.
- Debora is a big-hearted woman. She always gives money to charities.
- Angelina Jolly is not only a great actress, she is also a big-hearted person.
Big Apple is a nickname for the City of New York.
- Visiting the Big Apple is my dream.
- We had a great time in the Big Apple last summer.
If something is a “big deal”, it is important in some way.
- Amelia turned eighteen and it’s a big deal.
- Winning the game was a big deal for the Lakers.
You will often hear an expression “make a big deal out of/about something” in spoken English which means that somebody is trying to make something important or noticeable.
- The local press made a big deal about the famous actor’s wedding.
- If I were you I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it.
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