slam·​mer | \ ˈsla-mər How to pronounce slammer (audio) \

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the Mafia capo ultimately landed in the slammer on a conviction of income tax evasion
Recent Examples on the Web He was sentenced Tuesday to 41 months in the slammer. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Voters may once have looked at those violations as business-as-usual for pols, but over time, the penalties have morphed from mere fines to slammer-time — and likelier to sway voters. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 For example: Four-term sheriff Lee Baca, now in a federal slammer for obstructing an FBI investigation into jail abuse, got both a master’s and a doctorate in public administration from USC. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Authorities claim Hickman played a central role as organizer, slammer and spotter, including pretending to be a witness to accidents staged by others. John Simerman,, 5 Nov. 2020 The white-collar probe took on a dark specter in September, when Garrison, an allegedly prolific slammer, was shot dead at age 54 inside his apartment in the Gentilly neighborhood. John Simerman,, 5 Nov. 2020 Hotel tycoon Leona Helmsley checked herself into the slammer in 1989 for tax mistakes. Philip Elliott, Time, 2 Apr. 2021 That La Helmsley would go on to spend 21 months in the slammer for tax evasion should not distract us from the basic truth of her statement. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2021 Prisons stopped accepting new arrivals, and courts sent fewer people to the slammer, resulting in most of the overall decrease in the prison population between March and June 2020. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of slammer

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slammer was in 1952

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21 Nov 2021

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“Slammer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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