at large
phrasal 1. a. free of restraint or confinement <
the escaped prisoner is still at large
>
b. without a specific subject or assignment <
critic at large
>
2. at length 3. in a general way 4. as a whole <
society at large
>
5. as the political representative of or to a whole area rather than of one of its subdivisions — used in combination with a preceding noun <
a congressman-at-large
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • At large — At At, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel. at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.] Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence, nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • At large — The phrase At large may refer to:* At Large, a 1959 album by The Kingston Trio. * At large , a political term for electing an entire body, rather than a subset. * At large bid , a sports term for a bid or berth granted by invitation. * Editor at… …   Wikipedia

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  • at large — adjective a) On the loose; roaming freely; not confined. For a nervous twenty four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city. b) In general; as a whole. The ambassador at large was designated to the Middle East as a region, rather… …   Wiktionary

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