po·key | \ˈpō-kē \
plural pokeys

Definition of pokey 


: jail

Examples of pokey in a Sentence

joked about the time he passed out on the street and woke up in the pokey

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Days earlier, Mueller had asked a judge to revoke Manafort’s $10 million bail and put him in the pokey. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Know the Words to “God Bless America,” and More News We Learned This Week," 10 June 2018 The majority of Americans want a second special counsel appointed because of all the hokey pokey. Fox News, "Hillary Clinton blames another group for her election loss," 3 May 2018 Cage was, however, ardently expressing his deep-seated disdain -- for the hokey-pokey. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "How Nicolas Cage's disdain for the hokey-pokey inspired him in 'Mom and Dad'," 18 Jan. 2018 In November 1983, Lewis called assistant U.S. attorney Jeremy Margolis, who had helped to put him in the pokey. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Crime / News Going deep into the ‘Tylenol murders’ and the mind of the extortionist who claimed responsibility," 2 Feb. 2018 That's how Mitchell and the rest of them ended up in the federal pokey. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Jeff Sessions Is Not Donald Trump's Lawyer," 18 Oct. 2017 Poke isn’t pronounced like something one does with a stick, or as in doing the hokey pokey. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "I’ll Have a Merlot With That Dish I Can’t Pronounce," 15 Sep. 2017 Thirty-five at the time, the Russian immigrant went to the pokey for three years, having pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud and making threats on the phone. David Segal, New York Times, "A Pitch for Eyeglasses That Sounds Eerily Familiar," 24 Mar. 2017 Not only has the tanker saga included everything from back room deals to dramatic reversals to heated Congressional hearings to military officials going to the pokey. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, "5 Minute Delay Scuttles Chance at $40 Billion Air Force Deal," 5 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of pokey

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pokey

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evasion of direct action or statement

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