league noun

1 group of sports clubs that compete with each other

ADJ. cricket, football, etc. They want to start a new football league. | European, northern, etc. | local, national | Sunday He played Sunday League cricket for years. | premier | major, minor major league baseball | super new proposals for a European super league

VERB + LEAGUE create, form, set up, start | join The team joined the Northern League last year. | win

LEAGUE + NOUN champions, leaders | championship, cup, title | club, side | player | game, match | table | cricket, football, etc.

PREP. in a/the ~ The team is now in the Premier League.

PHRASES at the bottom/top of the league, (come) bottom/top of the league, a position in the league hoping to improve their position in the league

2 level of quality, ability, etc.

ADJ. big, super, top, world This move propelled him into the political big league.

PHRASES in a different league Today's technology is in a different league (= very much better). | in a league of your own As a painter he is in a league of his own (= much better than others). | not in the same league (as … ) (= not nearly as good as), out of sb's league A house like that is way out of our league (= too expensive for us).