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pokey

[poh-kee]
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adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est, noun, plural pok·eys.
  1. poky.
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n.

"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.

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