big one n.
1. as quality or quantity.
(a) [early 19C+] an important person.
(b) [1900s–10s] (orig. US) a tall story, an exaggerated tale.
(c) [1920s+] anything important.
2. as monetary denominations and amounts.
(a) [mid-19C+] £20, £100, £1000.
(b) [mid-19C+] (US) $100, $1000.
(c) [1900s–50s] (US Und.) a major and extremely lucrative coup.
(d) [1960s+] (US) $1 million.
(e) [1970s] (Aus.) A$1000.
(f) [1970s+] a large – unspecified – amount of money.
(g) [1970s+] (US) one dollar.
3. [1920s–60s] (US prison) a year in jail.
4. [1920s+] the penis, esp. a large penis.
5. [1920s+] in pl., large female breasts.
6. [1960s+] (Aus./US prison/Und., also the big one) a long sentence; a life sentence.
7. as the big one.
(a) [1930s+] (US) death.
(b) [1950s+] a major operation.
(c) [1950s+] (US) World War I or World War II.
(d) [1960s] nuclear war.
(e) [1970s] (US) a heart attack.
(f) [1970s] (US) cancer.
(g) [2000s] a very large bomb.
1. to be distasteful, unpleasant, second-rate.
2. to die, to suffer harm.
[1980s] (US) to die.
[2000s] (US) to die.
[1920s] (US) to die.
1. to act in a verbally aggressive manner.
2. to celebrate, to act in an excessive manner.
[1980s+] (US) to hell with you!