big house

noun, often capitalized B&H

Definition of big house 

slang

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Synonyms for big house

Synonyms

bastille, bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of big house in a Sentence

told harrowing stories of his years spent in the big house

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As Ocean’s 8 opens, Debbie is just getting sprung from the big house. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ocean's 8 Boasts a Great Cast But Lacks Champagne-Bubble Lightness," 9 June 2018 Such noteworthy criminals as Al Capone and Willie Sutton were incarcerated at Philadelphia’s big house. Ed Condran, courant.com, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018 More meaningful, however, is that smaller labels or those without runway shows can pay a monthly rate to be featured on the database alongside bigger houses, thus thrown into the sightlines of busy editors and stylists. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion," 5 July 2018 Courtney, like Rachel Berry, like Modern Family’s Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), all grew up with professional parents in big houses in mostly white neighborhoods. refinery29.com, "TV Has Made Major Strides With Gay Dads — Except For This Big Problem," 14 June 2018 The whirlwind following the discovery of two babies in utero included plenty of daydreaming — the McDonalds would need a bigger car, a bigger house. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED]: The McDonald Twins Are Miraculously Stable After a Trying Weekend," 17 Oct. 2016 The real Britain Our understanding of Great Britain has been shaped by our views of royals and big houses with drama upstairs and downstairs. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 13)," 10 May 2018 In another great moment in this episode, Deja strolls into little Annie (Faith Herman) and Tess Pearson’s (Eris Baker) room in the middle of the night, nervous about living in this big house with her new family. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 3 Explores the Terror of Letting Down the Ones You Love," 11 Oct. 2017 The prison camps commander, the most senior officer on the base, has one of the biggest houses — and one of the biggest household bills: $2.093.67 in December, one of the coolest months in Cuba. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Guantánamo is going green," 12 Dec. 2011

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First Known Use of big house

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big house was in 1913

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