Big Brother


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Big Brother

a government or a large organization which tries to control every part of people's lives and to know everything about them
Usage notes: In the book 1984 by George Orwell, Big Brother is the very powerful ruler.
Many people are concerned about Big Brother having computer files on them to which they do not have access.
See also: big, brother

big brother

1. n. a personification of the totalitarian state. (From George Orwell’s 1984.) Big brother has changed the tax laws again.
2. n. someone who personifies the totalitarian state: the police, parents, teachers. Big brother says the paper is due tomorrow, or else.
See also: big, brother
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