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jailbreak Line breaks: jail|break
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒeɪlbreɪk/

Definition of jailbreak in English:


An escape from jail: he’s on the run again after masterminding a spectacular jailbreak
More example sentences
  • On May 28th, the Fairfax County jail experienced its first jailbreak.
  • There had been a jailbreak from Alcatraz, the white dots were police boats, and someone was shooting at someone else, shots obviously fired in anger.
  • There have been similar jailbreaks from military detention in the past.


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Modify (a smartphone or other electronic device) to remove restrictions imposed by the manufacturer or operator, e.g. to allow the installation of unauthorized software: in order to use these programs, iPhone owners have to jailbreak their device
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  • Everything will work fine, but unfortunately your phone will be stuck in restore mode until you jailbreak it, which is what we're doing next.
  • If you have 1.1.1, you'll have to jailbreak first, then transfer it on manually.
  • I still have an old iPod touch that I jailbreak for testing purposes.



Example sentences
  • Lynott suffused his songs with images of the lone ranger, the jailbreaker, the downtrodden underdog.
  • It's the memoir of a career bankrobber and jailbreaker.
  • The problem is that there are numerous other hassles (mostly stemming from Apple) that a jailbreaker must endure.

Words that rhyme with jailbreak

canebrake • windbreak

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