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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The Herald reported that police have yet to connect the shooting to the rap recorded by Black, 22, during a jailhouse phone call and released via social media in late July. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Kodak Black’s pregnant ex-girlfriend Yung Miami escapes drive-by shooting — days after his threatening rap," 7 Aug. 2019 Flags at half-staff on Epstein's private island For four days after the apparent jailhouse suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, American flags on his private island were at half-staff. NBC News, "Racism in America, Wall Street woes, and the Jeffrey Epstein latest: The Morning Rundown," 15 Aug. 2019 In a jailhouse interview, Chalfant, who has since been transferred to a state corrections facility in Huntsville, said that Vence also revealed to him how Maleah was hurt. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Judge orders $45K bond for man who faces new charge in Maleah Davis case," 7 Aug. 2019 Two jailhouse informants said Birch confessed to them. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Gallagher has declined my request for a jailhouse interview. Dallas News, "Sitting in jail, 'Doc' Gallagher, accused of stealing $30 million, writes a letter deflecting blame," 26 July 2019 The police had jailhouse telephone calls, jailhouse snitches, consciousness of guilt and accounts by Carr’s neighbors of a mufflerless car around the time Carr could have been killed. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Kelly was also sentenced last year to three years in jail for violating the terms of her probation after she was accused of helping Knight arrange jailhouse phone calls. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Suge Knight’s business partner pleads no contest to selling sealed video related to murder case," 12 June 2019 Daniel had been held in the Coosa County Jail in Rockford, but was moved to the Talladega County Jail in December 2018 after guards and other inmates reported Daniel getting into jailhouse fights. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "Alabama murder suspect intentionally got pregnant in hope of getting out of jail, sheriff says," 3 July 2019

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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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