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Marshalsea

[mahr-shuh l-see] /ˈmɑr ʃəlˌsi/
noun, British History.
1.
the court of the marshal of the royal household.
2.
a debtors' prison in London, abolished in 1842.
Origin of Marshalsea
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English marchalsye, variant of marschalcie. See marshal, -cy
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  • The Marshalsea wouldn't be like the Marshalsea now, without you and your family.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • When I'm off the lock for good and all, you'll be the Father of the Marshalsea.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Father of the Marshalsea had never been offered tribute in copper yet.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • This was the life, and this the history, of the child of the Marshalsea at twenty-two.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • There's a gentleman to have run to seed in the Marshalsea jail!

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Father's voice, her father's, the Marshalsea's father's.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Father of the Marshalsea said, with a shrug of modest self-depreciation, 'Oh!

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Both the private father and the Father of the Marshalsea were strong within him then.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I shouldn't care,' said the Daughter of the Father of the Marshalsea, 'if the others were not so common.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit parted from them at the door, and hastened back to the Marshalsea.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for Marshalsea

Marshalsea

/ˈmɑːʃəlˌsiː/
noun
1.
(formerly in England) a court held before the knight marshal: abolished 1849
2.
a prison for debtors and others, situated in Southwark, London: abolished in 1842
Word Origin
C14: see marshal, -cy
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