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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Once predominantly pasture, the town boasts well-manicured subdivisions of big houses sitting on even bigger lots. Los Angeles Times, "In suburban Texas, ‘it feels like there’s no place for lifelong Republicans like me’," 13 Aug. 2019 Evvie is a young widow living in a big house on the coast of Maine. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "She’s a former Minnesota lawyer turned NPR podcaster — and the first-time author of one of summer’s hottest books," 7 July 2019 The Johnsons had lived in a big house in the suburbs, next to a forest. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 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

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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