|beyond the pale
||beyond the limit, over the boundary
||His comment went beyond the pale of respect. It was vulgar.
||washroom, bathroom, the can, the john, the loo
||"Is there a biffy on the bus?" "Yes. There, at the back."
||(See The Big Apple)
||powerful men in business, moguls, big shots
||If you want to do business with the big boys, you need money.
||big chance, a lucky break
||She got her big break when a talent scout heard her sing.
||a lot of money, a high price
||You'll pay big bucks to rent an apartment near the university.
||the boss, chief cook and bottle washer, head honcho
||If you've got a complaint, see the big cheese. He's our manager.
||important event, major happening
||A small fire is a big deal because it can cause a lot of damage.
|big hairy deal
||not an important matter, do not make it an issue, big deal
||"The teacher's coming!" "So big hairy deal!"
||(See the big picture)