big idioms list
Let’s take a look at some common idioms containing the word ‘big’.
- a big fish in a small pond
meaning – someone who is important in a small area
example – Joe was a big fish in a small pond. When he went to uni, that all changed.
- big brother
meaning – a person/government/organisation that watches and controls people
example – There are so many cameras in the city centre, Big Brother is watching.
- big bucks
meaning – lots of money
example – If we get this contract, it means big bucks for our company.
- big cheese
meaning – a very important person
example – The big cheese is coming tomorrow. Please make sure you arrive on time.
- big headed
meaning – an arrogant person
example – My cousin is a top actor. He’s really down to earth and not big headed.
- big picture
meaning – the whole perspective of an issue/situation
example – Look at the big picture. If you keep giving him chocolate, you’ll have huge vet bills down the line.
- big time
meaning – to a great extent
example – I’ve messed up big time. I wouldn’t be surprised if she never spoke to me again.
meaning – an important person
example – Make sure you’re polite to that guy in the pink shirt, he’s a government bigwig.
- eyes bigger than one’s belly
meaning – take more food than you can eat
example – We always have eyes bigger than our bellies when we go to sushi restaurants.
- have a big mouth
meaning – someone talks a lot and can’t keep secrets
example – Corey has a big mouth, I hope a year 11 shuts him up one day.
- have bigger fish to fry
meaning – have more important/interesting things to do
example – I can’t help you look for a new bike. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
- hit the big time
meaning – become rich/famous/successful
example – I’ve got a part in a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ve hit the big time.
- the Big Apple
meaning – New York
example – I’ve always wanted to live in the Big Apple.
- too big for one’s boots
meaning – cocky, arrogant, overconfident
example – Jake has become too big for his boots since he started trials for Manchester City.
big idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.