from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Having a high price or cost: big-ticket items such as cars and stereos; a big-ticket government program.

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  • adj. Costly or expensive; having a high price.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as expensive, but in an absolute sense; -- referring to items of a type which are all expensive, such as automobiles, refrigerators, or large-screen television sets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very expensive


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  • Some borrowers are using personal loans for big-ticket items, such as paying for a wedding or home repairs, or to help children get settled after college.

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  • He said part of his offensive progress can be attributed to the fact that his teammates are learning his tendencies, this after he had an abbreviated preseason and training camp with the team after coming over as a big-ticket free agent from the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in December.

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  • Businesses are stepping up investment, even as their overall orders for big-ticket items such as automobiles and aircraft dropped last month, new data show.

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  • Stoudemire does not like playing center, and he praised the work of current center Ronny Turiaf, whose $4 million salary will also likely have to be moved before adding a big-ticket free agent.

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  • U.S. businesses stepped up investment last month even as overall orders for big-ticket items such as cars and aircraft dropped.

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  • Just because you're retired doesn't mean you can stop saving; this particular program explains how to budget for big-ticket items in later life.

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  • Japanese players in the big-ticket global market for civilian nuclear power projects, such as Hitachi Ltd., will also likely welcome the agreement.

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  • While the U.K. has attracted many big-ticket sovereign wealth funds and quasi-national pension funds from Asia and the Middle East over the past 12 months, the rest of Europe has been dominated by domestic institutions and property companies.

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  • The increase in overall credit comes at a time when U.S. consumers have been ramping up their purchases of big-ticket items such as new cars, encouraged by extremely low rates on financing.

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