detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone.
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Why Does France Avoid English Loanwords?Why does France hate English loanwords? France has a très rich literary and linguistic culture. So, it’s not surprising that their government takes a dim view to any intrusions made to it by, er, outside influences. As an article in The Guardian notes, “France’s identity has long been bound up with its language, more so possibly than anywhere else.” They also add that “France is …
Origin of protective custody
First recorded in 1935–40
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