big house

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big house (plural big houses)

  1. (slang) Prison, jail.
    • 1948, "The End of Bad Boy Collins," Time, 15 Nov.,
      He was 38 years old and had been in the big house twice for shooting scrapes.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see big,‎ house.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Always preceded by "the".