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get out of jail free card

1. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that will immediately resolve or relieve an undesirable situation, especially that which results in no or minimal consequences. A reference to the board game Monopoly, in which this card allows players to leave the jail space without missing a turn. I'm afraid there's no get out of jail free card when it comes to your taxes—you either pay them, or you pay the fine. Jonathan used his father's position in politics as a get-out-of-jail-free card to help get his drunk driving charge dismissed.
2. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that allows or is used as an excuse for poor decisions, results, standards, behavior, etc. Just because a book is part of a highly regarded series doesn't mean it has some get out of jail free card allowing it to be formulaic and poorly written.
See also: card, free, get, jail, of, out


Someone who is attractive but younger than the legal age of consent. I'd stay away from jailbait like her unless you want to spend your future days in a cell!

bail (one) out of jail

To pay for someone's release from jail. I have to go bail my brother out of jail again. I wonder what he did this time.
See also: bail, jail, of, out


To remove restrictions from an electronic device, typically a cell phone, so that one can use unauthorized software on it. I need someone to jailbreak my phone so that I can configure it the way I want.


Capable of using unauthorized software due to having had restrictions removed, as of a cell phone or other electronic device. I need to get a jailbroken phone so that I can configure it the way I want.

bail someone out of jail

 and bail someone out 
1. Lit. to deposit a sum of money that allows someone to get out of jail while waiting for a trial. John was in jail. I had to go down to the police station to bail him out. I need some cash to bail out a friend!
2. Fig. to help someone who is having difficulties. When my brother went broke, I had to bail him out with a loan.
See also: bail, jail, of, out

get out of jail

COMMON If you get out of jail, especially in a sports match, you only just succeed in avoiding defeat or a difficult situation. Mills accepted his side had been lucky: `I've never seen Josh Smith miss so many kicks at goal, so you could say we got out of jail.' Note: You can also say that someone plays or has a get-out-of-jail card or a get-out-of-jail-free card. They were not having their greatest game but they played the get-out-of-jail card. Note: This expression comes from the game `Monopoly', where players can use a special card in order to leave jail early.
See also: get, jail, of, out

clap someone in jail (or irons)

put someone in prison (or in chains).
The meaning of clap in these idioms is somewhat removed from the original one of ‘make a sudden explosive sound’. Over time the word developed the additional sense of ‘make a sudden action’, without necessarily implying any sound.
See also: clap, jail


and nailer
n. the police in general; a police officer. Old nail-em-and-jail-em is going to be knocking at your door any day now. Victor mooned a nailer and almost got nailed.
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Carol Whitney, described as the banker, 53, of Hildebrand Road, Walton, was jailed for eight years; Michael Waters, 25, of Grasmere Street, Anfield, was jailed for five years and four months; Neil Brady, 34, of Lauriston Road, Walton, was jailed for six years and nine months and street dealer Wayne Hincks, 28, of Hilary Close, Anfield, was jailed for six years and eight months.
Perez was originally jailed on suspicion of murder and Rodriguez on suspicion of carjacking.
According to Sheriff's Department records obtained this week by the Daily News, most inmates are released after serving just 10 percent of their sentences, and many thousands wind up jailed again within months on other charges.
Some theorize that leaders of the prison gang called the Mexican Mafia, or La Eme, may be ordering jailed Latinos to attack African- Americans as a sort of initiation rite.
Unlike the other jails, the North County Correctional Facility houses felons, including those jailed on ``three-strike'' offenses and awaiting sentencing to state prison.
Torres, who was jailed for selling drugs, said that over the course of 11 months, he repeatedly asked to see a doctor when one of his testicles swelled to the size of a baseball.
Middlebrook said Hahn approved a request for jail time and Pringel suggested to the judge in chambers that Simpson should be jailed.