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What's "big deal" mean and when's it used?

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Rebecca

As a noun, if something is a "big deal," it means it is very important. It can also be used to mean that someone is very important. That something or someone is worth giving excessive attention or affection for. Although, as an exclamation, it means that something isn't very important. Ex: Getting the promotion was a big deal to him! Ex: The mayor is a big deal in this town. Ex: A: I'm going to be soccer captain this semester. B: Big deal. I was soccer captain last semester. => indicates that it's not great, a bit of a rude tone.

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