put (someone) behind bars

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put (someone) behind bars

To arrest someone and hold him or her in prison; to sentence someone to serve time in prison. I heard that they put Mike's uncle behind bars for robbing a liquor store! The cops put our son behind bars on a charge of drunk driving, so we have to go down to the station to bail him out.
See also: bar, behind, put
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They had put him behind bars, as if he had been a wild beast, a thing without sense or reason, without rights, without affections, without feelings.
After McCarten, from Charlotte Road in Wallasey, was jailed,police praised the bravery of his victims in providing strong enough evidence to put him behind bars.
POP IDOL finalist Marc Dillon has told of his regrets over a street attack that put him behind bars - but insisted he has turned his life around.
Welsh actor Damian Lewis plays the disgraced ex-politician and author, whose lies finally put him behind bars, in a BBC1 film to be shown this autumn.
Theodore Kaczynski, the mathematics prodigy turned Montana hermit, pleaded guilty yesterday to being the Unabomber in a last-minute deal with the US government that will put him behind bars for life.
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star in this classic action from Michael Mann about a career criminal looking for one last score and the obsessive cop trying to put him behind bars.
I think, without that support and without the knowledge that my evidence put him behind bars, I would have crumbled.
No details of the offence which originally put him behind bars were before Cardiff Crown Court, but Anthony Sharp, defending, said it was after a meeting with a man who had been prosecuted for attacking him.
With a criminal record including offering to supply "brick dust", the drugs crimes alone could put him behind bars for at least seven years.
But he escaped jail after his solicitor Michelle Flanagan made a plea to the judge not to put him behind bars.
Troubled pop star Michael Jackson is confronting the man who wants to put him behind bars over child-sex charges today, in a pre-trial hearing.
He is due for release next month and plans to move to the Far East to escape the close attentions of the people who put him behind bars, including the Sunday Mail.
Richard Crawford was released to begin a legal challenge against the DNA evidence which put him behind bars.
But Keltie, the policeman who put him behind bars, aims to make sure his crimes are not forgotten.
Kids were enthralled by Nelson Mandela's fight for freedom which put him behind bars for 27 years.
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