house arrest


Definition of house arrest

: confinement often under guard to one's house or quarters instead of in prison

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However, she was not released on house arrest until Dec. 27 pending an investigation into separate charges. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time," 1 Jan. 2019 Prosecutors argue that Cosby, who has been on house arrest since April, remains a risk to the public and should serve five to 10 years in prison. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Bill Cosby spent decades as “America’s Dad.” He’s about to be sentenced for a 2004 assault.," 24 Sep. 2018 Yes, so the prosecutors were saying don't release them out even on house arrest. Fox News, "Geraldo on Trump's war of words with Omarosa," 15 Aug. 2018 By extending his custody, the judge on Thursday ruled against granting Whelan house arrest with an electronic tag on his ankle. Washington Post, "American Paul Whelan, charged in Russia for spying, appeals to Trump for help," 21 June 2019 His wife was now under house arrest, and the electronic equipment Mr. Tursun had left in the house had been confiscated by the police, the friend told him. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.," 18 June 2019 Last year, Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed to await two criminal trials; a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering., "This day in history," 15 June 2019 Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Anh, pictured during his trial, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 5 years' house arrest. Ivana Kottasová And Angus Watson, CNN, "Vietnamese blogger sentenced to 6 years in jail for environmental protest," 7 June 2019 Rather, he was fired from his job, is kept under house arrest, and is now being denounced by his colleagues. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Comprehensively Denounced By Genetics Experts," 3 May 2019

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of house arrest

law : the condition of being forced to stay in your home rather than in prison as a form of punishment

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