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

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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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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 Late last month, Turkish politician and former lawmaker Eren Erdem was arrested on charges of being a Gulen sympathizer, and sent to Silivri, a maximum-security jailhouse in Istanbul. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Dismisses Over 18,000 Civil Servants for Alleged Terror Links," 8 July 2018 Two months later, his next execution date was called off in light of claims of false testimony from a jailhouse snitch. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘My life still has value’: San Antonio death row inmate begs for clemency 2 weeks before execution," 1 May 2018 But the more sordid details of Hamilton’s death came out when Jenkins gave a jailhouse interview Wednesday. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-con was on cocaine, PCP when ‘voices’ told him to kill his 79-year-old mom, Texas cops say," 12 July 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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