from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A penitentiary.

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  • n. Prison, jail.


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  • I went up to a big house with a winding drive that ran under a sort of theater-marquee thing.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • The realization that his usual appearance closely approximated that of a creature who spent most of its time under a bridge depressed him; he took refuge on the stairway of the big house on Durant, watching the others through the balusters of its banister.

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down

  • A week later Mr. Julian gave Ladice a job in the big house and new dresses to wear to work and the apartment over the garage to live in.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • They rounded a corner, and Rand was taken aback by the sight of a score of Seanchan soldiers standing guard in front of a big house on one side of the street — and by the sight of two women in lightning-marked dresses talking on the doorsteps of another across from it.

    The Great Hunt

  • I had a small room of my own, and on the wallpaper were redcoated soldiers, and a big house with a flag flying from its roof, and Alice, and Christopher Robin.

    Jacob's Ladder

  • Simp is living with his mother in her big house in Beau Reve.

    The Women’s Room

  • Now, on account of the name which I still bear, I shall be obliged to go on living in this big house instead of going and settling down, as I had often dreamed of doing, in the Rue Saint-Dominique.

    Maigret in Society

  • The purveyor of three-volume novels to literate ladies had become so adept at the art that he could produce two a year, and money flowed into his coffers so copiously that he had bought a big house in Wimpole Street, had twelve servants, a carriage drawn by four matched horses, and a duchess for a mistress.

    Morgan’s Run

  • He was a former U.S. senator, as his father and grandfather had been before him, and lived in a big house out on Prouts Neck overlooking the sea.

    The Killing Kind

  • "Little Skag gets high and attacks his Brazilian girlfriend with a shovel, and here you are, alone in that big house with Papa."



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