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Examples from the Web for pokey
Instead of pokey World War II–era planes, the communists deployed MIG fighters that were a match for the best American planes.Soviet-Era Secret Leakers Were Way Worse Than Snowden
August 7, 2013
If Joey got a year in the pokey, then I hope Bernard L. Madoff lives as long as Methuselah and spends all 969 years behind bars.I Made the List!
February 5, 2009
No, Pokey, people don't kiss in church or put their hats on.Eight Cousins
Louisa M. Alcott
We must live in one of these pokey, dingy houses for ever and ever.Little Folks (November 1884)
We lived in a pokey little house that we called 'The Tin Shanty.'Mollie's Prince
Rosa Nouchette Carey
You know in this pokey little place no one will ever hear of him.The Doctor
Put your money on the table, he said, finally: theres the dicks and theres Pokey.
Word Origin and History for pokey
"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper