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Tall vs. Big

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Tall

Of great or more than average height, especially (with reference to an object) relative to width
A tall, broad-shouldered man
A tall glass of iced tea
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Big

Of considerable size or extent
Big staff cuts
Big buildings
Her big hazel eyes
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Tall

Having greater than ordinary height
A tall woman.
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Big

Of considerable importance or seriousness
It's a big decision
His biggest problem is money
He made a big mistake
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Tall

Having considerable height, especially in relation to width; lofty
Tall trees.
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Big

Generous
‘I'm inclined to take pity on you.’ ‘That's big of you!’
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Tall

Having a specified height
A plant three feet tall.
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Big

Praise or recommend something highly
The record's been on the streets a while now, but it's still worth bigging up
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Tall

(Informal) Fanciful or exaggerated; boastful
Tall tales of heroic exploits.
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Big

The major league in a professional sport
The day he made it to the bigs, he forgot every minor league ballpark he ever played in
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Tall

Impressively great or difficult
A tall order to fill.
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Big

Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large.
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Tall

(Obsolete) Excellent; fine.
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Big

Having great strength or force
A big wind.
In a big rage.
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Tall

With proud bearing; straight
Stand tall.
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Big

Of great significance; momentous
A big decision.
A big victory.
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Tall

(of a person) Having a vertical extent greater than the average. For example, somebody with a height of over 6 feet would generally be considered to be tall.
Being tall is an advantage in basketball.
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Big

Mature or grown-up
Big enough to take the bus by herself.
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Tall

(of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (and often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
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Big

Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling
My big brother is leaving for college next week.
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Tall

(of a story) Hard to believe, such as a tall story or a tall tale.
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Big

Filled up; brimming over
Felt big with love.
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Tall

Smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces (~ 230 ml).
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Big

Bountiful; generous
Had a big heart.
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Tall

(obsolete) Obsequious; obedient.
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Big

Pregnant
Big with child.
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Tall

(obsolete) Seemly; suitable; fitting, becoming, comely; attractive, handsome.
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Big

Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence
A big official.
A big chief.
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Tall

(obsolete) Bold; brave; courageous; valiant.
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Big

Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent
A big figure in the peace movement.
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Tall

(archaic) Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.
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Big

Loud and firm; resounding
A big voice.
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Tall

Someone or something that is tall.
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Big

(Informal) Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular
"The Minneapolis indie-rock band was big in the blogosphere, beloved by hipsters, and unknown to pretty much everyone else" (Robert Levine).
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Tall

A clothing size for taller people.
Do you have this in a tall?
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Big

(Informal) Self-important; cocky
You're too big for your own good.
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Tall

A tall serving of a drink, especially one from Starbucks, which contains 12 ounces.
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Big

In a pretentious or boastful way
Talked big about the new job.
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Tall

High in stature; having a considerable, or an unusual, extension upward; long and comparatively slender; having the diameter or lateral extent small in proportion to the height; as, a tall person, tree, or mast.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall.
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Big

With considerable success
Made it big with their recent best-selling album.
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Tall

Brave; bold; courageous.
As tall a trenchermanAs e'er demolished a pye fortification.
His companions, being almost in despair of victory, were suddenly recomforted by Sir William Stanley, which came to succors with three thousand tall men.
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Big

In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically
Failed big at the box office.
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Tall

Fine; splendid; excellent; also, extravagant; excessive.
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Big

Of great size, large.
Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
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Tall

Great in vertical dimension; high in stature;
Tall people
Tall buildings
Tall trees
Tall ships
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Big

(informal) Fat.
Gosh, she is big!
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Tall

Lofty in style;
He engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying
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Big

Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
She was big with child.
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Tall

Impressively difficult;
A tall order
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Big

(informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.
Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.
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Tall

Too improbable to admit of belief;
A tall story
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Big

(informal) Adult; (of a child) older.
Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
We were just playing, and then some big kids came and chased us away.
She did it all on her own like a big girl.
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Big

Old, mature. Used to imply that somebody is too old for something, or acting immaturely.
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Big

.informal Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.
That's very big of you; thank you!
I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.
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Big

(informal) Important or significant.
What's so big about that? I do it all the time.
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Big

Popular.
That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
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Big

(of a city) Populous.
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Big

(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns
You are a big liar.
Why are you in such a big hurry?
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Big

Operating on a large scale, especially if therefore having undue or sinister influence.
There were concerns about the ethics of big pharma.
Big money
Big Tech, Big Steel (large or influential tech or steel companies)
Big Science (science performed by large terms, of large scope, with government or corporate funding)
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Big

Enthusiastic (about).
I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
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Big

In a loud manner.
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Big

In a boasting manner.
He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
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Big

In a large amount or to a large extent.
He won big betting on the croquet championship.
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Big

On a large scale, expansively.
You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
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Big

Hard.
He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
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Big

An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
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Big

(in the plural) The big leagues, big time.
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Big

(university slang) A initiated member of a sorority who acts as a mentor to a new member (the little).
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Big

(BDSM) The participant in ageplay who acts out the older role.
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Big

One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.
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Big

To inhabit; occupy.
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Big

To locate oneself.
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Big

To build; erect; fashion.
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Big

To dwell; have a dwelling.
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Big

Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.
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Big

Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; - often figuratively.
[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
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Big

Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.
God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.
I talked big to them at first.
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Big

Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.
"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg."
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Big

To build.
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Big

Above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent;
A large city
Set out for the big city
A large sum
A big (or large) barn
A large family
Big businesses
A big expenditure
A large number of newspapers
A big group of scientists
Large areas of the world
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Big

Significant;
Graduation was a big day in his life
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Big

Of very great significance;
Deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision
A momentous event
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Big

Conspicuous in position or importance;
A big figure in the movement
Big man on campus
He's very large in financial circles
A prominent citizen
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Big

Very intense;
A bad headache
In a big rage
Had a big (or bad) shock
A bad earthquake
A bad storm
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Big

Loud and firm;
A big voice
Big bold piano sounds
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Big

Prodigious;
Big spender
Big eater
Heavy investor
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Big

(of animals) fully developed;
An adult animal
A grown woman
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Big

Marked by intense physical force;
A big wind
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Big

Feeling self-importance;
Too big for his britches
Had a swelled head
He was swelled with pride
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Big

Older brother or sister;
Big sister
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Big

Exhibiting self-importance;
Big talk
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Big

Generous and understanding and tolerant;
A heart big enough to hold no grudges
That's very big of you to be so forgiving
A large and generous spirit
A large heart
Magnanimous toward his enemies
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Big

Given or giving freely;
Was a big tipper
The bounteous goodness of God
Bountiful compliments
A freehanded host
A handsome allowance
Saturday's child is loving and giving
A liberal backer of the arts
A munificent gift
Her fond and openhanded grandfather
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Big

In an advanced stage of pregnancy;
Was big with child
Was great with child
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Big

Extremely well;
His performance went over big
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Big

In a boastful manner;
He talked big all evening
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Big

On a grand scale;
Think big
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Big

In a major way;
The play failed big at the box office
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