big note

To brag about yourself in order to impress. In the 1950s a big note man was a person who handled or bet large sums of money-big notes. In pre-decimal currency days the larger the denomination, the bigger the banknote. Big-noting arose from the connection between flashing large sums of money about and showing off.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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