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tolbooth

or toll·booth

[tohl-booth, -booth]
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noun, plural tol·booths [tohl-booth z, -booths] /ˈtoʊlˌbuðz, -ˌbuθs/. Chiefly Scot.
  1. a town jail.
  2. a town hall or guild hall, especially a place where tolls are paid.
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Origin of tolbooth

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at tollbooth
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Historical Examples

  • It cannot be the person you desired for the furnishing of our tolbooth the other day, Sim?

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • However, he got Archer and five small children to Kirkaldy tolbooth.

  • She was shut up in the Tolbooth for singing Jacobite songs in the Canongate.

  • That tumult was now transferred from the inside to the outside of the Tolbooth.

  • So waiting the arrival and the day of my doom, I continued to abide in the Tolbooth.


British Dictionary definitions for tolbooth

tolbooth

noun
  1. mainly Scot a town hall
  2. a variant spelling of tollbooth
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