big one

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big′ one`

1. a one-thousand-dollar bill or the sum of $1000.
2. a major, often catastrophic event that is the culmination of a series of less significant like events.
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"Oh Father," said a little Frog to the big one sitting by the side of a pool, "I have seen such a terrible monster!
"Yes, manure, because he had no friend, and I wouldn't let the big one kill him."
It had always happened before that Miss Hoole found them and pointed them out to her; but this time she found a big one quite of herself, and there was a general scream of delight, "Lily has found a mushroom!"
"No, Learned One, though I have heard stories about there being many cities, or parts of a big one, beneath the mountain, and when it was above ground there were many entrances to it."
"I haven't had a drink in the daytime for a year, but we're going to have a big one now.
"Not the big one that twinkles--the steady blue one near it.
I still like the little word if it says the thing I want to say as well as the big one, but I honor above all the word that says the thing.
She was a big one, and she was coming in a hurry, too, looking like a black cloud with rows of glow-worms around it; but all of a sudden she bulged out, big and scary, with a long row of wide-open furnace doors shining like red-hot teeth, and her monstrous bows and guards hanging right over us.
With this Snati leapt at the big one, and was not long in bringing him down.
I only meant to change the little bottle for a big one, and I gave all my money to get it, and I'm truly trying not to be selfish any more."
Uncle Roger says it isn't fair to have to pay as much for a dozen little eggs as a dozen big ones, but they go just as far.
I knew the big ones had to be like that, but I had to see him to really know it.