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as big as all outdoors

Very large. This phrase is typically used to describe expansive indoor spaces. After living in a studio apartment, my new place feels as big as all outdoors!
See also: all, big, outdoors

the great outdoors

Areas or places outside, especially when used for activities such as hiking or camping. It's great to get away from the city every now and then and spend a bit of time in the great outdoors! We lived right at the base of the mountains, so we always spent our free time in the great outdoors as kids.
See also: great, outdoors

*big as all outdoors

Cliché very big, usually referring to an indoor space of some kind. (*Also: as ~.) You should see Bob's living room. It's as big as all outdoors! The new movie theater is as big as all outdoors.
See also: all, big, outdoors

*big as life (and twice as ugly)

 and *large as life (and twice as ugly); bigger than life (and twice as ugly)
Cliché a colorful way of saying that a person or a thing appeared, often surprisingly or dramatically, in a particular place. (*Also: as ~.) The little child just stood there as big as life and laughed very hard. I opened the door, and there was Tom as large as life. I came home and found this cat in my chair, as big as life and twice as ugly.
See also: big, life

big as life

Also, large as life. In person, as in And there was Mary, big as life, standing right in front of me. This phrase transfers the same size as in real life (life-size) to an actual appearance. Sometimes this term is embellished with and quite as natural, presumably alluding to a likeness of a person or thing that closely resembles the real thing. A similar addition is and twice as natural, which doesn't make sense. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, larger than life; big as all outdoors. On a grand scale, as in The soap opera could well be called a larger-than-life drama, or That friend of his was as big as all outdoors. This phrase can be used either literally, for larger than life-size (second example) or figuratively. The phrase all outdoors has been used to compare something or someone to an immensity since the early 1800s.
See also: big, life

the great outdoors

the open air; outdoor life. informal
See also: great, outdoors
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For the 53 week period ended 31 January 2016, Go Outdoors had consolidated revenues of GBP 202.
In light of what it says is strong growth within the outdoor retail market, GO Outdoors has planned to expand into Liverpool for more than six months.
A promising finding from the survey is that most people are willing to make concessions to get more time outdoors.
Protesting women rejoined outdoors of hospitals while male doctors continued to work in the camps set up by them.
We're not sure exactly how big that is, but we do know the outdoors is considerably larger than can be captured on the two pages The Register-Guard has available for its weekly Outdoors section.
At the Continental Wingate facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the site designers are creating an interior courtyard that will give residents secure access to the outdoors.
The show will provide everything needed for novices and experts alike to enjoy the great outdoors.
By planning half-day events for young girls at council camp properties, girls can learn about the outdoors and get used to the environment.
Go Outdoors was founded in 2004 by mountaineer John Graham and is already the UK's largest stockist of branded outdoor clothing.
Add color to your great outdoors with coordinated cushions, throw pillows and drapes that match your color palette.
He loved the outdoors and he loved nature--and he loved his hometown near Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Hockmeyers founded Northern Outdoors, and in 1977 carried 1,700 people down the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers.
is heightening awareness of sun safety by extending its sponsorship of FLW Outdoors fishing tournaments through the 2004 season.
It took three years to design, but the Outdoors Yellow Pages Directory has finally been released.
Tests of sunflowers show for the first time that a gene from a genetically engineered crop gives a wild, weedy relative an edge in life outdoors, say researchers.