Big-brother meaning

A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection.
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The state or some other organization regarded as ruthlessly invading the privacy of individuals in seeking to exercise control over them.
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An older brother.
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One's older brother.
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A man who undertakes the role of friend and mentor to a disadvantaged boy, as through a social agency.
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The totalitarian state in George Orwell's novel "1984." Written in 1949, the book offers a view of life 35 years into the future where the fictional English Socialist Party (referred to as Ingsoc) rules Oceania. Ever since, Big Brother has the connotation of a government that rules its citizens with an iron fist.Considering the huge advancements in surveillance technology since the book was written, Big Brother is becoming more fact than fiction throughout the world. See Big Mother.
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A sibling's older brother used especially by children or by parents in speaking to their children.

If you don't give me back my toys I'll tell my big brother!

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The nominal leader of Oceania in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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By extension, a disparaging name for government surveillance considered to be too intrusive.
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Unwarranted, invasive, and discreet surveillance, especially of a people by its government.
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Alternative form of Big Brother.
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Origin of big-brother

  • Sense 3, after Big Brother , a character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition