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detention camp

a compound where prisoners are detained temporarily, as pending determination of their legal status under immigration laws.
Origin of detention camp
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But York was assigned to the command of his prisoners, to carry them back to a detention camp.

  • At last I have heard from the letter about the Jewish detention camp.

  • And suddenly I saw the letter about the Jewish detention camp, which I had forgotten all about.

  • In spite of my curiosity I believe I felt a distaste of the detention camp on such a day.

  • Of course, everything I knew about the Jewish detention camp I had written in my letter.

  • Secret service men called upon him, And next day he was taken away To a detention camp For alien enemies.

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  • On the way to the detention camp the column was shelled by German guns from one of the hilltops.

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