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

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Examples of jailhouse in a Sentence

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse
Recent Examples on the Web Hogan and other state officials attended a ceremony in Towson, Maryland, next to the former jailhouse where Cooper was held. Fox News, 9 May 2021 The Towson plaque will stand on a right of way near the old jailhouse, known as Bosley Hall, just beyond where Cooper was lynched. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 7 May 2021 That includes information about the credibility of three jailhouse informants who testified against Deering and an interview with one of the children who was in the house when the fire broke out in 2000. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, 31 Aug. 2021 Davis was convicted by jurors at a second trial, but the verdict was overturned after a judge determined prosecutors had failed to turn over information about a jailhouse snitch who claimed Davis had confessed to the killing. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 1 June 2021 Granola Farms is in the city’s original jailhouse in Grand Pacific Junction. cleveland, 19 July 2021 Sheriff's deputies reported that McEuen tore open old wounds on his arms during a jailhouse meeting, splashing blood around the room while yelling obscenities at the women, ​​Amy Douglas, Rebecca Ferguson and Maryann Furrer. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 The Collin County Sheriff's Office in Texas released a more than 40-minute jailhouse video related to the death of Marvin Scott III, a Black man who died in March after a struggle with detention officers. NBC News, 10 July 2021 Realizing their own lack of paternal affect, they are haunted by the use of force — especially in Jody’s nightmares about his own death and in a confrontation where Melvin subdues Jody, threatening unspeakable jailhouse brutality. Armond White, National Review, 7 July 2021

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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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18 Sep 2021

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“Jailhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailhouse. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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

Legal Definition of jailhouse

: jail

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