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- (idiomatic) A widely-known reputation, especially one that is favorable.
- 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 2, in The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England:
- Solly had carried on the old business, and was making a big name for himself.
- 1915, Zane Grey The Lone Star Ranger, ch. 11:
- He made a big name in the war. And since he's been in the ranger service he's done wonders.
- 2013 Jan. 29, Benjamin Hoffman, "At Media Day, Spotlight on Head Injuries Grows," New York Times (retrieved 10 Oct 2013):
- Do you want to go out there and do the right things or do you want to make that big hit to gain a big name?
- (idiomatic) A prominent individual, especially one who is favorably regarded.
- 1917, Sherwood Anderson, chapter 4, in Marching Men:
- "You don't want me, you want a big name. They're all set to hang you over there. . . . It's a job for the biggest and best criminal lawyer in town."
- 1949 April 10, Owen Lattimore, "Big Problem is to Make UN Work, Too," Sunday Herald (Connecticut USA), p. 12 (retrieved 10 Oct 2013):
- With the big names of Europe assembled in Washington for the signing of the Atlantic Pact, the pact itself and its implications continue to be the world's biggest story.
- 2004 Mach 26, Richard Corliss, "That Old Feeling at 100," Time (retrieved 10 Oct 2013):
- [J]ust before Christmas 1983 . . . our editors were alerted that the surrealist painter Joan Miro had died. (A big name almost always dies around Christmas.)
a prominent individual
- (widely-known reputation): fame, recognition, renown
- (prominent individual): celebrity, luminary, notable (noun)
- big-name (adj.)
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