house of correction

Definitions of house of correction
  1. noun
    (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
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    type of:
    clink, gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer
    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)
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