nounchiefly North American
Government perceived as excessively interventionist and intruding into all aspects of the lives of its citizens.
- It's a good idea to limit the size of the welfare state, but big government is inevitable in modern society.
- Big government in practice proved less attractive than big government in prospect.
- Government members believe in big government and they believe in control.
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Syllabification: big gov·ern·ment
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