an articulated steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, one section of eight driving wheels, a second section of eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.
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You there; man; mac •A term of address variously used with the intention to challenge, flatter, attract, etc: Want a little fun, big boy? (1910+)
An important man; biggie, big shot: He tried to shake down one of the big boys (1920s+)
An adult male; grown-up man •Most often used in rebuke: Cut that out—you’re a big boy now
- Big brother
an elder brother. (sometimes initial capital letters) a man who individually or as a member of an organized group undertakes to sponsor or assist a boy in need of help or guidance. (usually initial capital letters) the head of a totalitarian regime that keeps its citizens under close surveillance. (usually initial capital letters) the aggregate […]
- Big brother is watching you
big brother is watching you Note: The term Big Brother is used to refer to any ruler or government that invades the privacy of its citizens.
- Big brotherism
paternalistic authoritarianism that seeks to supply the needs and regulate the conduct of people.
- Big brown bat
See under brown bat. any of several small to medium-sized common bats of the genera Myotis and Eptesicus, found worldwide in caves, trees, and buildings, including M. lucifugus (little brown bat) and E. fuscus (big brown bat) a widespread North American species. Historical Examples Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville