be put behind bars

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be put behind bars

To be arrested and held in prison; to be serving time in prison. I hear Mike's uncle has been put behind bars again. I wonder what he did this time! Sir, I'm afraid your son has been put behind bars on a charge of drunk driving.
See also: bar, behind, put
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These evil individuals should and must be put behind bars.
I can't express myself in the paper as I would be put behind bars.