Big Brother

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noun

1. a person or organization exercising total control over people’s lives.

Big Brother will be watching you from this week when spy cameras start to operate in Essex.
[as modifier]
for executives who want the Big Brother touch, there are monitoring systems to keep track of employees.
[1950s: from the name of the head of state in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).]
2.
(Austral.)
‹historical› a member of a voluntary organization founded in 1925 which provided foster care for young British immigrants to Australia

he had the honour to be a Big Brother to one of them.

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