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.
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The sentences should serve as a stark warning to other criminals - we will do whatever it takes to put you behind bars.
Also, be sure to stick to your initial target, shooting the wrong, and sometimes endangered, animal can put you behind bars.
PSNI Chief Inspector Brian Kee yesterday warned that even taking drugs prescribed by your doctor before driving could put you behind bars or kill you.