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noun

a liberation of persons from prison, especially by force.
the act of clearing a jail of prisoners by bringing them to trial, as at the assizes in England.

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Origin of jail delivery

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75

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jail delivery

noun

forcible and illegal liberation of prisoners from jail
English law (formerly) a commission issued to assize judges when they come to a circuit town authorizing them to try all prisoners and release those acquitted
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