- confinement of an arrested person to his or her residence or to a public place, as a hospital, instead of in a jail: He was under house arrest until the day of his trial.
Origin of house arrest
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for house arrest
That is to say, house-arrest; you must give me your word not to leave your house.Frederick The Great and His Family
- confinement to one's own home
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Forcible detention in one's house rather than in a prison. House arrest is used by some nations as a way to silence political dissent without the elaborate trials and criminal proceedings that would bring bad publicity.
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