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big house

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noun Slang.
  1. a penitentiary (usually preceded by the).

Origin of big house

First recorded in 1815–25
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  • I was raised in the big-house, and helped as a servant-girl.

    Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2

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