put (one) behind bars

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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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Shah said, 'If the economy can be improved by putting us in prison, then go ahead and put us behind bars. We have no issue with it.
Speaking to media in Sukkur, Shah said, 'If the economy can be improved by putting us in prison, then go ahead and put us behind bars. We have no issue with it.
Speaking to media in Sukkur, Shah said, "If the economy can be improved by putting us in prison, then go ahead and put us behind bars.
"The accusation of terrorism is a fabricated charge which was used to put us behind bars for 10 years," he said.
So we went to the police and pleaded with them to put us behind bars. I thought we'll at least get a roof over our heads and some food.
"Let them put us behind bars, already many of our leaders have been arrested, but by all these undemocratic moves, the government cannot throttle our movement.