big government

variants: or Big Government

Definition of big government

chiefly US
: government that is regarded as infringing upon the rights of individual citizens because of its extensive bureaucracy and intrusive regulations and policies Big government, in the minds of many Americans, had become the problem, not the solution.— Tom Morganthau Especially coming from a Republican, the Hyde proposals smack uncharacteristically of Big Government, critics say.— John Cloud

Examples of big government in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is big government coming into your doctor’s office, your bedroom. Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News, 8 July 2022 When quarterly tax payments became part of my life as an entrepreneur, my antipathy to big government grew. WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Because this is big government telling people what to do. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2022 The conservatism of the Tafts, John W. Bricker, and George Voinovich; traditionalist, cautious to a fault, modest, suspicious of big government programs or entanglements abroad. Cliff Schecter, The New Republic, 4 May 2022 The crypto space in India, as elsewhere, is unregulated, by design of course since the entire point is to circumvent centralised control like big government, big banks and, in the case of NFTs, thumb a nose at ‘big art’ (already barely regulated). Kamayani Sharma, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 Sadly, there are nine on the Assembly who support big government and higher taxes, which was proven when nearly all the mayor’s budget cuts were vetoed from the $550 million 2022 operating budget, despite our looming budget issues. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 President Clinton may have declared the era of big government over in 1996, but government—as measured by domestic spending’s share of GDP—has grown under every president since. Greg Ip, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 McCarthyism had given conservatives a populist makeover by linking anti-communism to the campaign against big government. Timothy Shenk, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of big government

1925, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Big government.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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