Definition of big house in English:

big house

noun

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

    • ‘Elaborate exterior features on the big house or castle were frequently reinterpreted to decorate the gate lodge.’
    • ‘Looking back, there's another sighting of the big house; looking ahead there's a wooded slope, long and low and to be climbed.’
    • ‘Our landlady claims the place is haunted by a young girl who was a chambermaid at the big house.’
    • ‘They ran it like a secretarial agency and serviced the big houses around here in the days when they had a domestic staff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because the big house had been subdivided, the rooms all had high ceilings.’
    • ‘‘There is a rage within me and a guilt that my family were closer to the big house,’ she admits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michele was the doctor's bairn from the big house on the hill, apart from the community, adrift from Jewish expectations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were beetle drives, ginger beer and iced biscuits for the choir in the big house, and seaside outings to Walton-on-the-Naze.’
    • ‘It was located on one of the side entrances to the big house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And so you actually get the situation where she lives on a farmhouse away from the big house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 evoke the long-vanished world of the big house: but, even in today's technological age, some of the essentials of play remain unchanged.’
    • ‘This discovery has awakened a rage within me and a guilt that my family benefited from a close connection to the big house.’
    • ‘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.’
    mansion, stately home, hall, manor, manor house, country house, castle, palace
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  • 2US informal A prison.

    • ‘After all, Fernando's duty as a soldier would be to haul Manolo off to the big house for his political views.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All thirsted for adventure in the bone-dry world they'd found outside the big house.’
    • ‘In a failed attempt to steal a car, Cosimo is caught and sent to the big house.’
    • ‘When we last saw De Niro's mobster boss, Paul Vitti, he was sent to the big house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't even look at my surroundings as I made my way towards the big house.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was in search of a subscriber list of those pent up in the big house.’
    • ‘I could be thrown into the big house in this little fishing town.’
    • ‘The end result is that Rocky goes to the big house to await a 2,400 volt head massage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the course of the book Mr. Waksal moves from charming bon vivant to a huckster headed to the big house.’
    • ‘Remember when he plead guilty a few years ago, and it seemed like he might be headed to the big house?’
    • ‘She served five months in the big house for lying to investigators about a stock sale.’
    • ‘This guy had been in and out of the big house more times then a Elizabeth Taylor had been in and out of marriages.’
    • ‘Unlike Williams, Lewis spent time in the big house last summer for his role in a cocaine-trafficking crime.’
    • ‘Don't make this mistake when you first get to the big house.’
    • ‘Kids with longer sentences are sent to the big house of adult prisons as young as 18 years old.’