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big house

noun, Slang.
1.
a penitentiary (usually preceded by the).
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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big house, the

noun phrase

A state or federal penitentiary; the BIG CAGE •The term meant ''workhouse'' in mid-1800s London: to go to the big house for the rest of his life (1915+ Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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