behind bars

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behind bars

In jail or prison. I hear Mike's uncle is 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.
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*behind bars

in jail. (*Typically: be ~; put someone ~.) Very soon, you will be behind bars for your crimes. Max should be behind bars soon for his conviction on burglary charges.
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behind bars

In prison, as in All murderers should be put behind bars for life. The bars here refer to the iron rods used to confine prisoners. [c. 1900]
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behind bars

in prison.
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behind ˈbars

(informal) in prison: Criminals like him ought to be put behind bars for life.
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behind bars

mod. in jail; in prison. You belong behind bars, you creep!
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behind bars

In prison.
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He added: "This was a difficult case and hinged on the testimony of one individual and that one individual did not seem to be up to meeting the test needed to put someone behind bars.
Detective Constable Lee Bates, of Northumbria Police said: "This was a successful operation which has put someone behind bars and taken a large quantity of cannabis out of circulation and off the streets of Sunderland.
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