Origin of prisoner
Examples from the Web for prisoner
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"
Clickbait title notwithstanding, Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
One prisoner, who was left naked and shackled to a cold floor, died of suspected hypothermia.What the Torture Report Kept Hidden
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 10, 2014
He was found guilty and sentenced to life in 1982, but released in 1985 in a prisoner exchange.Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier
December 10, 2014
Apparently all of the staff had done it at some point, but as a prisoner my experience was rare.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
But for the knowledge that he was a prisoner, Robert would have enjoyed his present situation.Brave and Bold
Daubenton and a huissier departed with the prisoner and four gendarmes.
I trust that I am now the prisoner of some honorable knight or gentleman.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Even after the shutting of the door behind the prisoner, the pause endured for some moments.Within the Law
Mother's made a prisoner of the professor already, but he doesn't know it.In the Midst of Alarms
- a person deprived of liberty and kept in prison or some other form of custody as a punishment for a crime, while awaiting trial, or for some other reason
- a person confined by any of various restraintswe are all prisoners of time
- take no prisoners informal to be uncompromising and resolute in one's actions
- take someone prisoner to capture and hold someone as a prisoner, esp as a prisoner of war
Word Origin and History for prisoner
"person in prison, captive person," late 14c. (earlier "a jailer," mid-13c., but this did not survive Middle English), from Old French prisonier "captive, hostage" (12c., Modern French prisonnier), from prisoun (see prison (n.)). Captives taken in war have been called prisoners since mid-14c.; phrase prisoner of war dates from 1670s (see also POW). Prisoner's dilemma attested from 1957.