put someone away

put (one) away

1. To kill someone. The man said he'd put me away if I told anyone that I'd seen him burying the money in the field.
2. To bury someone. Because the ground is completely frozen, they won't be able to put my father away for at least another month.
3. To send someone to a prison or mental institution. They put the notorious gangster away for 40 years, with no chance of early parole. Because they didn't understand the nature of schizophrenia at the time, my great-grandparents put my granny away when she was a little girl.
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put someone away

1. tv. to put someone in prison for a long time. (Underworld.) They put Bart away for fifteen years.
2. tv. to knock someone unconscious. One tap on the head and I put him away.
3. tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gangster threatened to put me away if I told the police.
See also: away, put
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Jolly said: "We are still gelling and when we do get it to click we are really going to put someone away.
He said: "We know that in this division, like National One, if you don't put someone away they'll come right back at you.
This man exposes Michael Jackson but evidence that could have put someone away for murdering two little children has been carelessly lost.
The fact is that the term "life" has been undermined in our legal system because no-one is prepared to put someone away for this length of time.
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