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put (one) behind bars

To arrest and hold one in prison; to sentence one 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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Despite the Government pledging to get tough on knife-wielding criminals, figures reveal that of the 5,228 caught with a knife or bladed weapon between January and March, only 327 were put behind bars for six months or longer.
But it makes no sense to put behind bars incompetents, idiots and other flotsam.
These so-called aunties need to be put behind bars and treated in a manner that they will never mess up with the law ever again.
A DRUNK who threatened a police officer with a broken bottle while on a suspended sentence has been put behind bars.
A GUNMAN who shot his girlfriend in her own home has been warned he could be put behind bars.
After a dramatic showdown with Pete, evil Zoe is put behind bars.
Without it, these drug peddlers might never have been caught and put behind bars.
A teenager who cost jailed gun teacher Linda Walker her job has been put behind bars for eight months for launching another hate campaign against a young couple.
A DRUNKEN brute who smashed every bone in an old tramp's face during a vicious attack has been put behind bars.
The winner of three Michelin stars, who owns the self-titled restaurant in Chelsea, has agreed to be put behind bars in a "Jail And Bail" bid to raise cash for the charity Cancer Research UK.
A "THREE-STRIKE" burglar was put behind bars for 32 months.
A SERIAL criminal who raided the home of his girlfriend's parents while they were away for the weekend has been put behind bars.
The scale of the problem means that in just one year, 170 youngsters in England and Wales were wrongly put behind bars.
PAGE 7 Car gang jailed GANG members who terrorised wealthy families across the region, to steal their luxury cars, have been put behind bars.