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Big Brother

noun [C usually sing]  /ˈbɪɡ ˈbrʌð·ər/ us  
a government or person in authority that tries to control people’s behavior and thoughts
Translations of “Big Brother”
in Chinese (Traditional) 專制政府, 獨裁者…
in Chinese (Simplified) “老大哥”, 专制政府, 独裁者…
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