behind bars(redirected from put someone 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.
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.
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]
behind barsin prison.
behind ˈbars(informal) in prison: Criminals like him ought to be put behind bars for life.
mod. in jail; in prison. You belong behind bars, you creep!