- to prison: to be sent up the river for a bank robbery.
- in prison: Thirty years up the river had made him a stranger to society.
Origin of river1
Origin of river2
Related Words for riverstributary, estuary, stream, run, creek, brook, rivulet, course, watercourse, branch, rill, beck, runnel
Examples from the Web for rivers
Contemporary Examples of rivers
Hitchcock was our mountains and our rivers, curled permanently into our brainpans.
They seemed like a permanent part of the mindscape, the way mountains or rivers are part of the physical world.
But who cleans lakes and streams and rivers and makes them fishable and swimmable again?Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start
December 4, 2014
Near the confluence of these two rivers a tiny bridge spans the gap connecting the Korengal with the Pech.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Then again some comics like Rivers, Essman and Behar are blunt in their discussion of sexism.Comedians and Feminism Getting Laughs
October 23, 2014
Historical Examples of rivers
Just think of the Hippopotamus, the horse or "hippos" that lives in the rivers.
Mesopotamia, therefore, meant a stretch of land "between the rivers."
Commerce crowds our rivers and rails, our skies, harbors, and highways.
They fished out our rivers and swept up the game like fire in the forest.The Trail Book
All the mountains, and rivers, and forests—all the people in the world?Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- a large natural stream of fresh water flowing along a definite course, usually into the sea, being fed by tributary streams
- (as modifier)river traffic; a river basin
- (in combination)riverside; riverbed Related adjectives: fluvial, potamic
Word Origin for river
early 13c., from Anglo-French rivere, Old French riviere "river, riverside, river bank" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *riparia "riverbank, seashore, river" (cf. Spanish ribera, Italian riviera), noun use of fem. of Latin riparius "of a riverbank" (see riparian). Generalized sense of "a copious flow" of anything is from late 14c. The Old English word was ea "river," cognate with Gothic ahwa, Latin aqua (see aqua-). Romanic cognate words tend to retain the sense "river bank" as the main one, or else the secondary Latin sense "coast of the sea" (cf. Riviera).
U.S. slang phrase up the river "in prison" (1891) is originally in reference to Sing Sing prison, which was literally "up the (Hudson) river" from New York City. Phrase down the river "done for, finished" perhaps echoes sense in sell down the river (1851), originally of troublesome slaves, to sell from the Upper South to the harsher cotton plantations of the Deep South.
see sell down the river; up the river.