1. become famous or successful in a particular field
attempt to hit the big time
To 'hit the big time' is to become successful, well known, rich or famous. This idiom can be used to talk about success in any field. "As a band they never made it, but Steve hit the big time with a solo career." "If we keep putting out high-quality goods, we are sure to hit the big time." Similar in meaning to: making it, hit the jackpot, strike it rich.