dirty big

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dirty big

Very large or big. Primarily heard in UK. I can't open the door because there's a dirty big mound of snow blocking it.
See also: big, dirty

dirty great/big

(British English, informal) used to emphasize how large something is: When I turned round he was pointing a dirty great gun at me.
See also: big, dirty, great
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The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday - the perfect gift for that special serial killer in your life; House of Spines by Michael J Malone - a ghost story with a final twist worthy of a dirty big torque wrench; Ed's Dead by Russel D McLean - a fiendishly funny murder romp set in Glasgow; All of a Winter's Night by Phil Rickman - a crime novel where the dark side of Morris dancing equals the raw violence of Fight Club; The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman - the prequel to His Dark Materials trilogy.
There was enough of a cloud hanging over the Derby picture without a dirty big black one travelling over York and dumping enough rain to stop us getting a look at Cracksman in the Dante.
Now they profess immaculate innocence for serious charges of dipping their dirty big hands in the public coffers.
She makes the same threat every year As the charra crawls slowly along the golden mile The sight of spectacular illuminations sends us Kids into a temporary trance, on our way home We sing on top note about sixty 'coppers' Chasing our 'charra-bang' How fortunate we kids from Fonnie-oy were Belonging to a dirty big society of caring folks Who took precious time out to give us a magical night At the famous Blackpool Illuminations Happy Days and Nights
Unfortunately, the dirty big secret is that tons and tons of fish taken on recreational trips are sold through "back door" traffic, much of it apparently legal and a bunch more illegal on the sly.
I'll make an exception for the young lady in the tartan underpants (who should be signed up immediately by Racing For Change), but I'm not so sure about the young man with the tartan trousers and the dirty big tattoo all across his chest.
Then ask how four male officials, plus two male managers did not know that a goal should be disallowed if the ball bounces into the net off a dirty big red balloon.
There's a dirty big hole in the tomatoes, which are all green, and it had obviously been living there.
From now on I, and many others, will be bulk-buying my cigarettes and booze abroad, leaving a dirty big hole in the Treasury coffers - or should that be coughers?
Eugene has a dirty big secret that's getting dirtier, bigger and - well, deeper - every day.
When we heard for definite that he hit the wee lad, no one would go near or wanted to go near the dirty big brute.
In the course of your job, let's suppose you have cause to hit a dirty big lump of metal many, many times a day, week in, week out, month after month, like in the old days before manual labour was replaced by ranks of people with headsets growing from th eir heads answering telephone inquiries.
The Love Canal is the dirty big secret of the Falls.
It's becoming a dirty big secret that Neuheisel is 8-5 against Top 25 opponents and seems to get routinely thrashed by Big 12 rival Nebraska.