house arrest


Definition of house arrest 

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

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In the meantime, the rapper bounced between jail and house arrest as his various criminal charges churned through the court system. Kyle Swenson,, "XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper," 20 June 2018 Chia Thye Poh, a former member of parliament, spent 23 years in jail and under loose house arrest there. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore Postcard: Summit island hides macabre history," 10 June 2018 He was sentenced to two years probation and six months house arrest. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How did hacker Adrian Lamo die? Medical examiner couldn’t figure it out," 9 June 2018 Since taking power, the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad blocked Mr. Najib from flying into exile in Indonesia, put scores of former government officials on no-fly lists and placed others under effective house arrest. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Dragnet Widens Around Ousted Malaysian Leader Najib Razak," 18 May 2018 If his lawyers can successfully argue that prison staff are unable to care for a blind celebrity octogenarian, and a jail assessment agrees, Cosby could get house arrest or probation. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Judge sets September sentencing date for Bill Cosby after conviction," 15 May 2018 The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington denied that the princess is under any kind of house arrest or separation from her husband. Carol E. Lee, NBC News, "U.S. officials: Saudi crown prince has hidden his mother from his father, the king," 15 Mar. 2018 Pruitt will have to wear an ankle monitor while under house arrest, prosecutor Scott Gilliland tells PEOPLE. Greg Hanlon,, "Alabama Teacher Told Student She Wanted to Take His Virginity, Reports to Jail," 2 July 2018 Lindsey spent 153 days in jail after that arrest, before being released back to house arrest. Jeff Weiner,, "Children killed in Orlando standoff: Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. had history of violence, arrests," 12 June 2018

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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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