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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Poke isn’t pronounced like something one does with a stick, or as in doing the hokey pokey.
That's how Mitchell and the rest of them ended up in the federal pokey.
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.
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.
The microbus was underpowered and a little pokey on the freeways of the '50s and '60s.
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Origin and Etymology of pokey
First Known Use: circa 1919See Words from the same year
Synonymsbastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, jail [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Wordsbull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
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