jail·​house | \ ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce jailhouse (audio) \

Definition of jailhouse

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Synonyms for jailhouse


bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of jailhouse in a Sentence

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse

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Authorities also gathered evidence from jailhouse kites — illicit notes — written by Yandell and seized by officials with the California Department of Corrections. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Feds announce massive California bust of notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang," 6 June 2019 At his arraignment Wednesday, his coat and tie were replaced with handcuffs and a jailhouse jumpsuit, in keeping with someone who stands accused of murdering 25 of his own patients, one of the biggest homicide cases in U.S. history. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Ohio doctor charged with murder in overdose deaths of 25 patients," 5 June 2019 And then Orlando Sentinel staffer Michael Williams, who had no knowledge of my plans, informed me the owner of the Old Jailhouse had been taken to the actual jailhouse. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 In the jailhouse videos obtained by WFTV, Loyd does not mention Clayton's killing, but talks about Dixon's unborn child. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Accused Florida cop killer says in jailhouse videos he wanted baby 'to come out with my traits'," 19 Sep. 2018 Prosecutors provided the judge evidence, gleaned from jailhouse phone calls and conversations, that Ms. Butina’s lawyers may have urged her to pass messages to the press, in violation of the judge’s gag order. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Influence U.S. Politics," 13 Dec. 2018 Sharing the same jailhouse and fate is Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), the pirate who robbed the Frasers and raped their daughter Brianna. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 12 Recap: 5 Biggest Takeaways," 21 Jan. 2019 An Idaho judge says psychologists can have jailhouse access to a man charged with murder and several other felonies in connection with a knife attack at an apartment complex. Fox News, "Judge: Psychologists can visit man charged in mass stabbing," 16 July 2018 The former Seminole County jailhouse in downtown Sanford could become a new restaurant by this summer. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Restaurant headed for old downtown Sanford jail," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jailhouse

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jailhouse was in 1812

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jail·​house | \ ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce jailhouse (audio) \

Legal Definition of jailhouse

: jail

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