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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told harrowing stories of his years spent in the big house

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Many Americans would probably embrace a more lavish personal lifestyle: a bigger house, more expensive car, fancy overseas trips. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tom Steyer’s $100 Million Vanity Project," 9 July 2019 With rare exceptions—Hermès’s Véronique Nichanian comes to mind—the women making menswear at fashion’s biggest houses, from Donatella Versace to Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, are womenswear designers first and foremost. Vogue, "The Most Exciting New Menswear Designers Are… Young Women," 27 June 2019 Her sister, Carmen, would make the paella in the bungalow just off the main part of the compound and sneak off through a secret passageway (yup) back to the big house. New York Times, "Thank Heaven for Charo," 22 June 2019 They are being published by an ever-consolidating set of big houses in New York and an ever-expanding array of small presses across the country. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal dominates Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 You cannot be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title with victory over Dominic Thiem," 9 June 2019 You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 Four years later, again promising repeal, the GOP claimed the Senate and won their biggest House majority since World War II. Mark Z. Barabak,, "Obamacare used to be political poison for Democrats. Now they see it as a winning prescription — even in red states," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of big house

1913, in the meaning defined above

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