big deal


big deal

The phrase is relatively more famous for being used in its negative form by adding ‘no’ or ‘not’ before it, like: “no big deal” or “not a big deal”.

Meaning | Synonyms

  • important thing
  • major concern
  • serious issue
  • matter of importance
  • used to tell that something is of little outcome or less importance (not a big deal – opposite version)
  • something you say to show that you do not think that something is either important or interesting (no big deal – negative usage)

Example Sentences

  1. Winning a scholarship is no big deal for him.
  2. To fly a plane is real big deal. You can’t do it unless you have done it before.
  3. If you are a hardworking person – then, making money is not a big deal for you.
  4. I have been selected as a software engineer in Microsoft. It’s a big deal for me and my family.
  5. It is a big deal when a government official makes a statement about the crucial issues in country.
  6. Even though I was very upset about losing the race no one else thought it was a big deal.
  7. Losing at cards is not a big deal, but some people take it very seriously.
  8. I don’t see what the big deal is. So, you lost your shoes, you can always buy more.
  9. My dad has closed a very big deal at work, so he is taking us on a fancy vacation.
  10. This account will be a very big deal for our company, so the boss needs us all to work overtime for the rest of the month.


The origin of this phrase is not known. However, it has been used since the 1940s. It is said that before Pearl Harbour was attacked during World War II, people thought that the threat of a bombing was no big deal.

The phrase is often used with the negative “not” or “no” attached to it. People more often say that it is not a big deal, or it is no big deal.

The phrase can be traced back to the 1860s when it used to mean “a good deal, a large amount.”

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I heard a teenager say “it is not a big deal” when the parent was going to write a note to the principal to explain why she was not wearing the correct school jacket. Why would she feel it was okay to violate the dress code?

- Deborah January 21, 2021

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