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big house

noun, Slang.
a penitentiary (usually preceded by the).
Origin of big house
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He said "Yes" dreamily, and she ran off towards the big house.

  • He dropped in on Zebedee Mayo, owner of the big house on the slope of the hill.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The gas was lit in the entrance-hall of a big house in a country town.

  • He was tempted away by a big house and a big name, but he had to come back to her.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The big house lay hospitably open to the night—lights in the windows, lamps burning in the hall and illuminating the approach.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope

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