- a liberation of persons from prison, especially by force.
- the act of clearing a jail of prisoners by bringing them to trial, as at the assizes in England.
Origin of jail delivery
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
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Examples from the Web for jail delivery
Occasionally this circuit is performed a third time for the purpose of jail-delivery.
I had scarcely gotten through with this jail-delivery, before the cry of “sail ho!”
Miss Murdstone made a jail-delivery of her pocket-handkerchief, and held it before her eyes.The Personal History of David Copperfield
“Such a jail-delivery has never been known in New England,” is the testimony handed down.The Salem witchcraft, The planchette mystery, and Modern spiritualism
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- forcible and illegal liberation of prisoners from jail
- English law (formerly) a commission issued to assize judges when they come to a circuit town authorizing them to try all prisoners and release those acquitted
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