hoosegow

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hoosegow

slang Jail. The term is an English phonetic approximation of the Spanish word juzgado, meaning "courtroom" or "tribunal." A new sheriff arrived into town, and before long the hoosegow was overrun with criminals.

in the hoosegow

slang In jail. The term is an English phonetic approximation of the Spanish word juzgado, meaning "courtroom" or "tribunal." Would you calm down? If you fight this guy, the cops'll throw you in the hoosegow!
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hoosegow

(ˈhusgɑʊ)
n. a jail. The judge threw the punk in the hoosegow for a few days.
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