jail; prison; lockup.
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How to use calaboose in a sentence
But mind, the three waifs were never in the town; only on the beach and in the calaboose.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Of course, and if we leave him in that weak old calaboose, they'll get more help and take him out to-night.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine | John Fox, Jr.
An army might lose enthusiasm and prestige if it spent a night or two in the calaboose.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
They conducted us to what they had termed "the calaboose," a big, ramshackle, one-roomed barn-like structure.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
We want a locomotive and a calaboose to take us to Boynton, and we are quite willing to pay anything reasonable.The Cattle-Baron's Daughter | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for calaboose
US informal a prison; jail
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