Definition of big house in English:

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big house


(usually the big house)
1The largest house in a village or area, typically inhabited by a family of high social standing.
Example sentences
  • This discovery has awakened a rage within me and a guilt that my family benefited from a close connection to the big house.
  • But Lord Lansdowne is the first to admit that the public perception of the wealthy landowner living in the big house is far from the reality.
  • ‘There is a rage within me and a guilt that my family were closer to the big house,’ she admits.
2US informal A prison.
Example sentences
  • Kids with longer sentences are sent to the big house of adult prisons as young as 18 years old.
  • I could see it with MB and frankly I predicted he was headed straight for juvenile detention and a fast track to the big house.
  • Don't make this mistake when you first get to the big house.

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