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the big house

n. a state or federal penitentiary. Two years in the big house is like two years in a custom-made hell.
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The author has organized the main body of her text in ten chapters devoted to the history of prisons and prison imagery, prisons in headlines and unexpected places, the depiction of the big house on the big screen, televised prison dramas, early prison documentaries, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
Tags are available until December 20 from the Big House.
Bryan, 63, said he feels shows like The Tenements and The Big House are hugely important to Irish people.
Adare provides the perfect example of a "triad landscape," where the big house, demesne and urban settlement come together as a unified ensemble.
As a functioning institution, the big house had a definite life span.
In the introduction to my Decline of the Big House in Ireland (2001) I defended the confinement of that study to the geographical area of the twenty-six counties by stating that because of the different socio-economic and political conditions which existed in the six north-eastern counties of Ulster as much before 1920 as after the passing of the Government of Ireland Act of that year, big houses in Northern Ireland required and deserved a separate treatment.
And they still marvel at the kitchens, gyms, infirmaries and other (real or imagined) buildings within the compound of the Big House.
The Boho Vineyards Octavin is wrapped in the brand's henna-like tattoo, while the Big House box features the familiar multi-colored sketch of the slammer under a searchlight.
San Diego literature professor Stephen Cox takes us inside The Big House.
Summary: In its third week, the Big House of Fun is still the hub for all family members that are looking for fun in the heat of the summer.
I'm taking you to the big house Is everyone on board?
What do residents of the big house have that residents of the small house lack?
Dawn in the Big House is a collection of poems about life inside prison, written by an inmate of one of California's penitentiaries (he has been incarcerated for various drug-related property crimes, and has no history of violent offenses).
On this day of bowl games, I am mindful that, as an undergraduate, I spent many Saturdays in the fall as one of 108,000+ fans who packed The Big House in Ann Arbor--the football stadium of The University of Michigan.
Soon the master's drunken son would be staggering down from the big house, velvet rope in hand, looking for the slave whose manhood matched the size of that rope.