Definitions of gaol

n 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)

clink, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer
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a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
holding cell
a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
hoosegow, hoosgow
slang for a jail
house of correction
(formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
jail in a local police station
a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
Type of:
correctional institution
a penal institution maintained by the government

v lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
Type of:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement

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