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calaboose

[ kal-uh-boos, kal-uh-boos ]
/ ˈkæl əˌbus, ˌkæl əˈbus /
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noun Slang.

jail; prison; lockup.

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Origin of calaboose

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; from Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo “dungeon,” of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for calaboose

calaboose
/ (ˈkæləˌbuːs) /

noun

US informal a prison; jail
C18: from Creole French, from Spanish calabozo dungeon, of unknown origin
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