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durance vile

A long prison sentence. He's a known criminal, that's why he's in durance vile.
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durance vile

A lengthy prison sentence. “Durance” meant “duration,” and “vile” has its contemporary meaning of loathsome. That pretty well described long-term incarceration from the Middle Ages down to much of today's world.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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