1. Typically with lower-case initials, one's older sibling of the male sex.
of the totalitarian government
of the superstate of Oceania
in George Orwell
's final and most famous novel
. Not an "actual" person in the world of the novel, rather a generic middle-aged male face staring out of countless poster
s and so on. The accompanying legend reminds anyone present, "Big Brother is Watching You
." Projects an image of the government as omnipresent
, and allegedly benign
. Shortened to an affectionate "B.B." in the novel in colloquial speech, and in the daily ritual of the Two Minute Hate
3. Figurative description of intrusive government or bureaucracy
4. At least one television series of the genre known as "reality TV
", in which an assorted group of people are obliged for a time to live together in a house
being watched through camera
s that broadcast their lives together to the watching public
. Such a series is typically held as a competition
where the public or a smaller group may vote a member out of the house at regular intervals, with a reasonably large cash prize
awaiting the resident who stays longest.
Fred is Jeremy's big brother.
(Final line of novel): He loved Big Brother.
Big Brother is watching us again, so get your tax forms in on time.
I hope that harridan Jemima is voted out of the season of Big Brother as soon as possible.
The Government. They know everything about everybody.
Careful what you say, big brother is watching
A widely used phrase from the book 1984 by George Orwell.
"Big Brother is watching you" read the poster Winston saw as he stared out of his window.
An omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted by an authoritarian government.
The practical applications of Big Brother watching you today: surveillance cameras, wiretaps, tracking Internet use, spychips, digital facial recognition, etc.
The only hope to 20-something's wanting to prove to the rest of the country that their ego is bigger than everyone else's, in order to bring fame and fortune to their otherwise hopeless lives (with the exception of Pop Idol and X-Factor). In the big brother house, the problems occur when these people realise they are not being noticed and, as a result, have to make a point of this by shouting, screaming, wailing, yelling and getting as drunk as possible in order to try and convince people they are 'really entertaining'. As a result, the public decides to vote them out, meaning that when they face eviction they begin to make out they had already planned to walk out anyway, and that they felt that they had already had enough of living with people they just don't get on with.
Big brother is portrayed as a reality tv show when, in reality, it is not. Free food, free drinks (including alcohol), shelter, no need to work, housemates you don't like (but still want to f***) and regular silly tasks 24 hours of the day does not sound like reality, unless of course you are an art student at the University of Birmingham. The only time you really feel you are seeing reality is on eviction night, when the housemate faces their partner and finally remembers "oh shit, i wish i didn't do that" and you get a look from their partner that says "you're in for it. just wait 'til we get home..."
Day 22, 4.02am in the big brother house. After a day of arguing about chicken, the housemates have finally gone to bed.
Day 22, 4.05am. Craig sneezes.
Day 22, 4.17am. Anthony coughs.
1.cospiracy: An operational body which monitored the activity of all the citizens, first introduced in teh book 1984.
2.Stupid reality tv show that no one watches anymore.
Shhhh Big Brother is watching ¬_¬
a reality tv show in which a group of people are filmed living inside a house for a period of time
big brother is watching you
1. The panoptical force of civil design and engineering that facilitates the proliferation of its own systematically reinforced ideological dogma both overtly and surreptitiously into every conceivable facet of the cognitive and behavioral patterns of the population over which it presides
2. The character in the novel '1984' from which the term is derived
3. Colloquial term for one's older male sibling
4. A shitty TV show
1. Be careful, dude
. Big brother is watching.
2. Nobody heard what Big Brother
was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement restoring
conﬁdence by the fact of being spoken.
3. My big brother is here to pick me up. Act natural.
4. I like to watch Big Brother cause they stupid on that show.