behind bars

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behind bars

In jail or prison. I hear Mike's uncle is behind bars again. I wonder what he did this time! Sir, I'm afraid your son has been put behind bars on a charge of drunk driving.
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*behind bars

in jail. (*Typically: be ~; put someone ~.) Very soon, you will be behind bars for your crimes. Max should be behind bars soon for his conviction on burglary charges.
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behind bars

In prison, as in All murderers should be put behind bars for life. The bars here refer to the iron rods used to confine prisoners. [c. 1900]
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behind bars

in prison.
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behind ˈbars

(informal) in prison: Criminals like him ought to be put behind bars for life.
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behind bars

mod. in jail; in prison. You belong behind bars, you creep!
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behind bars

In prison.
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Detective Constable Lee Bates, of Northumbria Police said: "This was a successful operation which has put someone behind bars and taken a large quantity of cannabis out of circulation and off the streets of Sunderland.
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