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hoosegow

or hoos·gow

[ hoos-gou ]
/ ˈhus gaʊ /
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noun Slang.
a jail.
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Origin of hoosegow

1860–65, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish jusgado jail (Spanish: court of justice, originally past participle of juzgar to judge) <Latin jūdicātum, equivalent to jūdic- (stem of jūdex) judge + -ātum-ate1
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How to use hoosegow in a sentence

  • It would infuriate the Judge to sentence those buzzards to the hoosegow for life.

    David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
  • "The boss is in the hoosegow," answered Pete, his voice tragic.

    Good References|E. J. Rath
  • The next thing I heard, two men we've been keeping an eye on were in the hoosegow, one with a slug in his shoulder.

    The Wailing Octopus|Harold Leland Goodwin
  • It's a long walk down to the hoosegow and I don't want to take you there.

    Young People's Pride|Stephen Vincent Benet

British Dictionary definitions for hoosegow

hoosegow

hoosgow

/ (ˈhuːsɡaʊ) /

noun
US a slang word for jail

Word Origin for hoosegow

C20: from Mexican Spanish jusgado prison, from Spanish: court of justice, from juzgar to judge, from Latin judicāre, from judex a judge; compare jug
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