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big brother

1. One's older brother. My big brother said he would help us move the couch. Andrew is Julie's big brother.
2. A shorthand reference to oppressive rule that was popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In this usage, the phrase is usually capitalized. You have to be careful what you write in an email these days. Big Brother is watching you, after all.
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Big brother

the state perceived as a sinister force supervising citizens' lives.
Big brother comes from the slogan Big Brother is watching you in George Orwell's novel 1984.
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ˌBig ˈBrother (is watching you)

a leader, a person in authority or a government that tries to control every aspect of people’s lives: We live in a society where all kinds of information about the individual may be stored on computer. Big Brother, if not actually watching you, can quickly check on you if he wants to.This comes from the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, in which the leader of the government, Big Brother, had total control over people. The slogan ‘Big Brother is watching you’ reminded people that he knew everything they did.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The big brother counted upon a pious, docile, learned, and honorable pupil.
This, according to the big brother, was the dwelling-place of an alchemist "old and grey with a long beard.
In the United States, the telephone has grown to be the big brother of the telegraph.
The number of audition locations had increased and we expect that the third edition will deliver even more excitement, intrigue and round the clock entertainment that the Big Brother platform is globally renowned for.
Poe noted that there was nothing wrong with the message but pressed Fuentes anyway to identify the big brother he was referring to.
I feel like the royals are the Big Brother equivalent of the real world.
Clues were found inside and around the Big Brother house.
Think about it, Electoral Big Brother - all of the party leaders go into the Big Brother house and each week we vote for the candidate we want to keep in.
It seems only a few weeks since we waved goodbye to the last occupants of the Big Brother house, but now a new batch of wannabes line up to while away the summer sunbathing, rowing, flirting and making fools of themselves for our entertainment.
A TALENTED illustrator has captured national attention with her caricatures of the Big Brother housemates.
THE Big Brother house in Switzerland is situated in the mountains.
With 16 housemates on board instead of the normal 12, the chances of some real fireworks in the Big Brother house look more likely than last year--and the presence of a blind contestant should bring in some much-needed publicity.
The star will present live eviction shows of the Big Brother spin-off series on E4 in January.
As usual, the Big Brother producers are keeping the identities of the housemates under wraps until launch night.
This nagging feeling of unfinished business - of one more trip the pesky kid sister had to make to follow the big brother she loved.