- a jail.
Origin of hoosegow
Examples from the Web for hoosegow
"The boss is in the hoosegow," answered Pete, his voice tragic.Good References
E. J. Rath
It's a long walk down to the hoosegow and I don't want to take you there.Young People's Pride
Stephen Vincent Benet
The next thing I heard, two men we've been keeping an eye on were in the hoosegow, one with a slug in his shoulder.The Wailing Octopus
Harold Leland Goodwin
It would infuriate the Judge to sentence those buzzards to the hoosegow for life.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
- US a slang word for jail
Word Origin and History for hoosegow
"jail," 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from Latin judicare "to judge," which is related to judicem (see judge (v.)).