- a jail.
Origin of hoosegow
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Examples from the Web for hoosgow
We was kind of ashamed to come back, right off, after they turned us loose from the hoosgow.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
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After all the time youve spent in the hoosgow since you joined, I should think youd know that.
- US a slang word for jail
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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Word Origin and History for hoosgow
"jail," 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from Latin judicare "to judge," which is related to judicem (see judge (v.)).
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