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.]
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calaboose

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

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

n (US inf) → Kittchen nt (inf)
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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.
"Why, send them to the calaboose, or some of the other places to be flogged.
And in the worst of it visions continued to flash and sparkle in his brain--long lines of railroad track that simmered across the desert; rurales and American constables, prisons and calabooses; tramps at water tanks--all the squalid and painful panorama of his odyssey after Rio Blanca and the strike.
"I could write an order to Valdez, at the calaboose, to loosen your
Kalaboosh's origin lies in the English word calaboose, the French version calabouse and the Spanish calabozo which means "dungeon." I wanted to make sure I got it right so I look towards the sons for confirmation and one says "Detention." "Prison?" I ask.
So they make notorious use of the chopping block and the calaboose, the bullwhip, the cast-iron lock, and the wove-hemp noose: Maintain their holdings through disgusting catastrophes-- sequestrations of Charity, Mercy ....
At that time, there was no such thing as cohabitation, and you could end up in the calaboose. But everyone respected my uncle, so nothing happened.