from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Sports Major-league.
  • adjective Informal Prominent or important; major.
  • adjective Informal Impressive or formidable.

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  • adjective US major-league
  • adjective US (by extension) large or important


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