What does “a big deal” mean? Learn how to use this expression and what it means.

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Hi, I’m Joel. Today, I’m going to teach you a useful expression in English.

The expression for today is, “A big deal.” What does a big deal mean? A big deal refers to something very important or very serious.

Let me give you some example sentences to help you understand it better.

“Larry is late for another meeting. This is a big deal.”
“To many people, losing a soccer game is a really big deal.”
“Don’t worry about it. It’s not a big deal.”

Another way that we can use this expression is when somebody is making a big deal out of something.

If somebody is making a big deal about something,

then it means that they are making something more of an issue than it should be.

For example, let’s say that I booked a ticket to fly to, let’s say, New York, on a business trip;

but I booked it with the wrong airline. Let’s say that my colleagues wanted to fly American and I booked it with another airline.

So, for most people, this is not a real big deal. Maybe it’s a minor inconvenience.

But let’s say my colleagues are making this “a big deal” by talking about it forever,

about how I chose the wrong airline, how it’s going to be a big problem.

And they go on and on, mentioning all the bad things related to this.

They’re making a big deal out of this when in reality, it’s not such a big problem.

So in a situation like this, I could say, “Stop making such a big deal about this!” Or, “It’s not such a big deal.”

Or, “It’s not a big deal. We’ll be okay.”

All right, thanks for watching. I hope that you learned something new

and that now you can use the expression “a big deal” when you’re practicing your English.

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