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big brother

n.
1. An older brother.
2. A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection.
3.
a. also Big Brother An omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted by an authoritarian government.
b. A state, organization, or leader regarded in this manner.

[Sense 3, after Big Brother, , a character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell.]

Big Brother

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person, organization, etc, that exercises total dictatorial control
2. (Broadcasting) a television gameshow format in which a small number of people living in accommodation sealed off from the outside world are constantly monitored by TV cameras. Viewers vote each week to expel a person from the group until there is only one person left, who wins a cash prize
[C20: after a character in George Orwell's novel 1984 (1949)]

big′ broth′er


n.
1. an elder brother.
2. (sometimes caps.) a man who undertakes to sponsor or assist a boy in need of help or guidance.
3. (caps.)
a. the head of a totalitarian regime that keeps its citizens under close surveillance.
b. the aggregate of powerful officials and policymakers of a totalitarian state.
[1860–65; (definition 3) the epithet of a dictator in George Orwell's novel 1984 (1949)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Big Brother - an authoritarian leader and invader of privacyBig Brother - an authoritarian leader and invader of privacy
authoritarian, dictator - a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
2.Big Brother - an older brotherbig brother - an older brother      
blood brother, brother - a male with the same parents as someone else; "my brother still lives with our parents"

Big Brother

noun
An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
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The big brother counted upon a pious, docile, learned, and honorable pupil.
But one day she could not hide her terror any longer, and after that the kind big brother never worried her any more to have shocks.
Meantime keep the picture of the kindly big brother, and imagine him growing into a lovable and brave man, into a poet who wins our hearts almost unawares by the beauty of his poetry, his poetry which has been called "a beautiful dream of the future.
I'll tell my big brother on you, and he can thrash you with his little finger, and I'll make him do it, too.
There was Pa Tuxton, an old feller with a beard and glasses; a fat uncle; a big brother, who worked in a bank and was dressed like Moses in all his glory; and a little brother with a snub nose, that cheeky you'd have been surprised.
We start in an hour in the whale-boat for Guvutu, big brother," Joan said to him.
In the United States, the telephone has grown to be the big brother of the telegraph.
Sometimes, and with an exquisite humility, he took no gun, but went out with a peaceful bamboo cane; Rawdon, his big brother, and the keepers blazing away at his side.
Now she was leaning against him, in a cosy, confiding way, delightful to behold, while Will's strong arm went round her with a protecting air, which said, as plainly as any words, that this big brother and small sister knew how to love and help one another.
His big brother Charlie was in love with the guileless maiden who played the part of "Little Bright-Eyes" in "The Kaliph of Kamskatka.
Omarosa has returned to the Celebrity Big Brother house after receiving medical attention last night and today for an asthma attack.
It is 16 days away from the premiere of Big Brother Naija's third edition (Big Brother Naija 2018) and already, fans of the show are already anticipating the event.