Definition of big house in English:

big house


  • 1The largest house in a village or area, typically inhabited by a family of high social standing.

    • ‘I left the garage, and went on my way out of town to the big house, almost mansion, that was the home of Lily Lector.’
    • ‘And so you actually get the situation where she lives on a farmhouse away from the big house.’
    • ‘Our landlady claims the place is haunted by a young girl who was a chambermaid at the big house.’
    • ‘Elaborate exterior features on the big house or castle were frequently reinterpreted to decorate the gate lodge.’
    • ‘Now my father owns the big house, as he was the only one whose finances allowed him to take it over, helped by my stepmother, who just happened to have a few quid.’
    • ‘There were beetle drives, ginger beer and iced biscuits for the choir in the big house, and seaside outings to Walton-on-the-Naze.’
    • ‘Because the big house had been subdivided, the rooms all had high ceilings.’
    • ‘Then we went near the big house, which has a long history of modification and has now settled as a three-storey block with wings and is a girls' school.’
    • ‘By the later 1930s, she and Tony were growing apart: he had become the heir to a Scottish lairdship, on the death of his uncle, and wanted more of the country life of big houses, entertaining, and shooting.’
    • ‘They evoke the long-vanished world of the big house: but, even in today's technological age, some of the essentials of play remain unchanged.’
    • ‘Michele was the doctor's bairn from the big house on the hill, apart from the community, adrift from Jewish expectations.’
    • ‘But Lord Lansdowne is the first to admit that the public perception of the wealthy landowner living in the big house is far from the reality.’
    • ‘‘There is a rage within me and a guilt that my family were closer to the big house,’ she admits.’
    • ‘Looking back, there's another sighting of the big house; looking ahead there's a wooded slope, long and low and to be climbed.’
    • ‘For a try out of a new Explorer, I headed to Spofforth near Harrogate, a place with a castle, big houses, old railway line, parkland and stream.’
    • ‘The valley is quiet: few buildings, the big house at the top, then a mile or so, a mill, another mile or so, a church.’
    • ‘They ran it like a secretarial agency and serviced the big houses around here in the days when they had a domestic staff.’
    • ‘This discovery has awakened a rage within me and a guilt that my family benefited from a close connection to the big house.’
    • ‘Maya and her husband are killed in a car accident and their daughter Nandana, rendered mute through shock, comes to live at the big house.’
    • ‘It was located on one of the side entrances to the big house.’
    mansion, stately home, hall, manor, manor house, country house, castle, palace
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  • 2US informal A prison.

    • ‘Don't make this mistake when you first get to the big house.’
    • ‘All thirsted for adventure in the bone-dry world they'd found outside the big house.’
    • ‘This guy had been in and out of the big house more times then a Elizabeth Taylor had been in and out of marriages.’
    • ‘Remember when he plead guilty a few years ago, and it seemed like he might be headed to the big house?’
    • ‘I could be thrown into the big house in this little fishing town.’
    • ‘When we last saw De Niro's mobster boss, Paul Vitti, he was sent to the big house.’
    • ‘I could see it with MB and frankly I predicted he was headed straight for juvenile detention and a fast track to the big house.’
    • ‘She served five months in the big house for lying to investigators about a stock sale.’
    • ‘On his way out of the big house he is confronted by a street preacher who welcomes him to freedom and urges him to abide by the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘Kids with longer sentences are sent to the big house of adult prisons as young as 18 years old.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was in search of a subscriber list of those pent up in the big house.’
    • ‘Unlike Williams, Lewis spent time in the big house last summer for his role in a cocaine-trafficking crime.’
    • ‘One does what one must to conduct an Empire while in the big house.’
    • ‘Aside from a temporary trip to the big house, no one becomes homeless, crazy or racked with despair.’
    • ‘After all, Fernando's duty as a soldier would be to haul Manolo off to the big house for his political views.’
    • ‘In the course of the book Mr. Waksal moves from charming bon vivant to a huckster headed to the big house.’
    • ‘The end result is that Rocky goes to the big house to await a 2,400 volt head massage.’
    • ‘I didn't even look at my surroundings as I made my way towards the big house.’
    • ‘He's knocked cold and the next thing we know, he's been sent to the big house for the murder of one of the men.’
    • ‘In a failed attempt to steal a car, Cosimo is caught and sent to the big house.’