the big house

Definition of the big house

US slang
:a building where people are kept as punishment for a crime :prison
  • He spent four years in the big house.

Word by Word Definitions

big play
  1. : of great strength

  2. : of great force

  3. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. : in a loud or declamatory manner

  2. : to a large amount or extent

  3. : on a large scale

  1. : an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

  2. : a big player : a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

house play
  1. : a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families : home

  2. : a shelter or refuge (such as a nest or den) of a wild animal

  3. : a natural covering (such as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids

  1. : to provide with living quarters or shelter

  2. : to store in a building

  3. : to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see 1house)


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