the big house

Definition of the big house

US slang

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of great strength

    :  of great force

    :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. :  in a loud or declamatory manner

    :  in a boasting manner

    :  to a large amount or extent

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

    :  major league

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

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

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

    :  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

    :  to store in a building

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


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