An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (very successful)
a. de primer nivel
Sally goes to the luxury sports bar in Tribeca every weekend because it's popular among big-time baseball players.Cada fin de semana Sally va al lujoso bar deportivo en Tribeca porque es popular entre los beisbolistas de primer nivel.
b. de alto nivel
There are many big-time politicians in his circle.En su círculo hay muchos políticos de alto nivel.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (in a major way)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Our plan failed big-time, but we're not going to give up.Nuestro plan fracasó estrepitosamente, pero no vamos a darnos por vencidos.
This movie sucks big-time.Esta película es una verdadera porquería.
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big-time [ˈbɪɡˈtaɪm]
big-time football/politics fútbol (m)/política (f) de alto nivel; a big-time politician/actor un político/actor de primera línea; a big-time banker un banquero de categoría
he has tasted success big-time ha conocido el éxito con mayúsculas (informal); they screwed (things) up big-time metieron la pata bien hondo (informal); America lost big-time el equipo americano se llevó una soberana paliza (informal)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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