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Brobdingnag

[brob-ding-nag] /ˈbrɒb dɪŋˌnæg/
noun
1.
the region in Swift's Gulliver's Travels where everything was of enormous size.
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  • It is much larger than a letter, unless, perhaps, one carries on a correspondence with a giant from Brobdingnag.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • He was going to have asked for some of the Brobdingnag raspberry-plants.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • In Brobdingnag Swift is generally said to be looking, as Scott expresses it, through the other end of the telescope.

    Swift Leslie Stephen
  • The whole man seemed but a single hand—a Brobdingnag hand affixed to the body of a Liliputian.

  • In the middle of the explanation a melodious sound was heard in the air above them, like a swarm of Brobdingnag bees.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • A city looked at in the polishd back of a Brobdingnag spoon held lengthways, so enormously stretched-up are the houses!

  • Some of the incidents are devised in this sense; but we may notice that in Brobdingnag he recurs to the Lilliput view.

    Swift Leslie Stephen
  • Give Swift his world of Lilliput and Brobdingnag respectively, and all, after that, is quite natural and probable.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • In Lilliput and Brobdingnag, however, the satire scarcely goes beyond pardonable limits.

    Swift Leslie Stephen
  • One of his own Brobdingnag raspberry-plants, swung by the angry arm of Oakly, struck off the head of his precious tulip!

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
Word Origin and History for Brobdingnag

(not *brobdignag), 1727, Swift's name in "Gulliver's Travels" for imaginary country where everything was on a gigantic scale.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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