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big house

noun, Slang.
a penitentiary (usually preceded by the).
Origin of big house
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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