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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.
See also: big, brother
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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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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." Here with his lamp and magic books he wrought his wonders, and "Some day" the eager children were promised a visit to him.
In the United States, the telephone has grown to be the big brother of the telegraph.
AFRICA'S popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, is set to return for a fourth season with the producers of the show also revealing that the Big Brother House will be brought back to Nigeria.
After being called to the diary room, Ryan was told: "Before you entered the Big Brother house, rules regarding unacceptable behaviour were explained to you.
And on eviction night, Haleigh will remove one vote from Tyler to ensure her exit from the Big Brother house.
It was Fuentes, who reportedly relayed the big brother's request for all frat members to attend the Senate probe and visit, John Paul Solano, one of the prime suspects in Atio's death.
Friday night's live eviction episode saw married couple Imran and Sukhvinder Javeed leave the Big Brother house together.
Fulfilling the revolution's demands would mean completely dismantling the Big Brother concept, therefore, another revolution in Egypt would not be tolerated.
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.
The Big Brother bath could become the hot spot for sex action.
Thirty-eight million people watched Big Brother at least once - that's 69 per cent of the population - and some 20million calls were made to the Big Brother eviction line.
Caoimhe then got down on one knee and said: "OK, Dave will you marry me in the Big Brother house, because I love you and think you're so beau?"