in custody

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in (someone's or something's) custody

Detained by someone or something; in legal custody of someone or something. Of course I'm panicking, I just got a phone call that said my son is in police custody! Mr. Foster, you have been found guilty by a unanimous jury. I place you in the state's custody to await sentencing.
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in custody (of someone or something)

 and in someone's or something's custody
being kept guarded by legal authorities. The suspect was in the sheriff's custody awaiting a trial. The prisoner is in the custody of the state. The police have two suspects in custody.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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