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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

Collectively, all outdoor space, especially wild places used for recreational activities such as hiking or camping; nature. 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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Additionally, Nexus Outdoors has hired three new executives, including former longtime ScentLok employee Leslie Rakestraw, who now serves as senior production planning manager for Nexus.
This acquisition will complement the group's existing significant interest in the outdoor market through its Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors and Tiso businesses which, in the 52 weeks to 30 January 2016 had combined revenues in excess of GBP 155m with 182 stores trading at the year end.
"Whether you're in a boardroom, a classroom, or a break room, at TECH OUTDOORS we believe we all share a thirst for adventure," said Carol Rice, Vice President of Marketing.
"This summer, we want to inspire kids and families to get outdoors, grab their perfect stick and kick-start their story with nature," says National Trust ranger Ed Anderson.
Get outdoors and get some exercise A recent survey of more than 800 people found that those who exercise outdoors reported feeling more revitalised, and even said they felt less angry and depressed than those who'd undertaken similar activities indoors.
"People are always expecting something different from Outdoors, and we realized one of the ways we can do that is to change the idea of adopting an already existing culture," said Majd Chidiac, Outdoors' vice executive of marketing and sponsorship.
The new GO Outdoors superstore on the outskirts of North Belfast will offer the county's largest selection of adventure equipment all in the one place.
Northwestern Outdoors Radio host and producer John Kruse of Cashmere received three first-place awards, a second-place and a third-place award in the 2015 Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Contests.
The couple liked spending " time in the great outdoors with the kids but still with easy access to home comforts.