big brother (big BRUTH-uhr) noun
[Sense 3, after Big Brother, a character in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell. Also see Orwellian.]
- An older brother.
- A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection.
- Also Big Brother. An omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted by an authoritarian government. A state, an organization, or a leader regarded in this manner.
"When all states comply with the federal mandates currently being
enacted, there will exist a nationwide network that will make Big
Brother look like Baby Huey."
Fay Faron; Technology Keeps Heat on Deadbeat Dad; The Dallas
Morning News; Aug 23, 1996.
This week's theme: eponyms from fiction.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make
it shorter. -Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
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