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protective custody

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noun

detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone.

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RELATED WORDS

capture, incarceration, imprisonment, detention, commitment, nail, hook, nip, nab, bust, accommodation, nick, crimp, sweep, heat, appropriation, fall, snare, collar

Nearby words

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Origin of protective custody

First recorded in 1935–40
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