calaboose


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cal·a·boose

 (kăl′ə-bo͞os′)
n. Chiefly Southern & Western US
A jail.

[Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo, dungeon.]

calaboose

(ˈkæləˌbuːs)
n
informal US a prison; jail
[C18: from Creole French, from Spanish calabozo dungeon, of unknown origin]

cal•a•boose

(ˈkæl əˌbus, ˌkæl əˈbus)

n.
Slang. jail; prison.
[1785–95, Amer.; (< North American French) < Sp calabozo dungeon]
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calaboose

noun
Chiefly Regional. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention:
Informal: lockup, pen.
Translations

calaboose

[ˈkæləbuːs] N (US) → jaula f; (= prison) → cárcel f

calaboose

n (US inf) → Kittchen nt (inf)
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Why, send them to the calaboose, or some of the other places to be flogged.
He was going a-fishing before dawn, with Pembroke Howard, and if I got the twins into the common calaboose--and I thought sure I could--I never dreamed of their slipping out on a paltry fine for such an outrageous offense-- well, once in the calaboose they would be disgraced, and uncle wouldn't want any duels with that sort of characters, and wouldn't allow any.
Deputies working the night shift at the Butler County Jail in Hamilton, Ohio, were faced with the same kind of dilemma when they caught Tiffany Hurd, 36, trying to climb over the security fence to get into the calaboose.