Learner's definition of BIG DEAL
something that is very important
The party was a big deal.
The cost didn't seem like much to me, but I know it was a big deal for many people.
So I'm late. What's the big deal? [=why is that important?]
— often used in negative statements
— sometimes used ironically as an interjection to say that something is not important to you
make a big deal (out) of (something)
make (something) into a big deal
to treat (something) as very important or too important
The girl's song was far from perfect, but her parents made a big deal of it, and she was very happy.
Don't make such a big deal (out) of missing the bus: there'll be another one along in a minute.