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lock someone up and throw away the key

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lock someone up and throw away the key

verb phrase

To imprison someone for a very long time: A lot of people feel good when you lock these criminals up and throw away the key (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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