9 “Big” Expressions

Here are some expressions with the word “big” to make you sound smarter:


BIG BROTHER


If you have a “big brother”, then you have an elder brother.


For example:


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).


For example:


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.


BIG DECISION


A big decision is an important decision.


For example:


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.

For example:


Last night’s earthquake affected local people in a big way.
After they won the lottery they started spending in a big way.


BIGWIG


The term “bigwig” refers to a person of importance.


For example:


The bigwigs got together and passed the law.
There were some of the local bigwigs at the party.


BIG-HEARTED


A big-hearted person is kind and generous.


For example:


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


Big Apple is a nickname for the City of New York.

For example:


Visiting the Big Apple is my dream.
We had a great time in the Big Apple last summer.


BIG DEAL


If something is a “big deal”, it is important in some way.


For example:


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.


For example:


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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