Definition of hoosegow in English:

hoosegow

Syllabification: hoose·gow
Pronunciation: /ˈho͞osˌgou
 
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noun

North American informal
  • A prison.
    More example sentences
    • After lunch, visitors stroll through downtown, most paying particular attention to the old Jail Tree: Lacking a proper hoosegow, the town chained bandits to its enormous trunk.
    • This, along with a $10 million deal cut with Papua New Guinea and a hoosegow built on Christmas Island, came to be known as the Pacific Solution and was the act that finally aroused some Australians to protest their government's policies.
    • Selena, mother of two junior high schoolers, has drawn the line against television, and it's landed both her kids in the hoosegow.

Origin

early 20th century: via Latin American Spanish from Spanish juzgado 'tribunal', from Latin judicatum 'something judged', neuter past participle of judicare.

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