[ US /ˈdʒeɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /d‍ʒˈe‍ɪl/ ]
  1. a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
  1. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life
    The suspects were imprisoned without trial
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How To Use jail In A Sentence

  • False statements on your tax form could land you in jail.
  • She distinguished the undrawing of iron bars, and then the countenance of Spalatro at her door, before she had a clear remembrance of her situation — that she was a prisoner in a house on a lonely shore, and that this man was her jailor. The Italian
  • He spent three days in jail after smashing up an apartment, and has done time in a drug rehabilitation centre.
  • The company's president is already in jail on corruption charges. Times, Sunday Times
  • Fifteen would pay Moroni and save him and Charlie from jail, but fifteen would still leave him and Hank on the breadline. FINAL RESORT
  • The work is done by prisoners at a unique computor workshop inside Gloucester jail, visited this afternoon by Princess Anne.
  • A 35-year-old Briton languishing in a Bangkok jail under sentence of death for a crime he says he did not commit is planning to protest his innocence by refusing to plead for a royal pardon.
  • A man who preyed on the elderly by burgling residential care homes in his own village faces a jail term.
  • (How far can he get without a license or credit cards .. or the help of close relations?) opened with testimony from the "jailbird" and his arresting officers Baltimore Crime
  • They are only preparing them for the preferential treatment awaiting them when they become hardened criminals in modern jails. The Sun
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