big house

noun, often capitalized B&H

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Synonyms for big house


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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They'd recently downsized, moving into a condo nearby, so the designers helped them choose which pieces from the big house would be making the move. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Duo Toledo Geller Shows How Moving Furniture Can Totally Transform A Room," 24 Jan. 2019 While one group may be just getting started financially, the other could be fine economically but concerned about the ability to maintain a big house and yard and navigate stairs now or in the future, real estate professionals says. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Millennials, baby boomers are in the market for the same homes," 25 June 2018 Michael and the children — Anabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh) — along with their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the big house at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 But structuring public policy so that the market allows families with above-average incomes to live in nice big houses is a legitimate policy goal. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The strong case for building more stuff," 24 Sep. 2018 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,, "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., "TV Has Made Major Strides With Gay Dads — Except For This Big Problem," 14 June 2018

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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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