big house

noun, often capitalized B&H
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of big house

slang

Examples of big house in a Sentence

  1. told harrowing stories of his years spent in the big house

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First Known Use of big house

1913

big house Synonyms

Synonyms
bastille, jail [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
outside


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