big government

noun
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

First Known Use of big government

1925


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