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death house

a building or part of a prison in which persons condemned to death await execution.
Origin of death house
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At length there came a morning when the death-house seemed to close in on him, tighter and tighter.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • It was a flower mausoleum; a vault of bouquets, a death-house of memories.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Clancy would have stopped the procession to the death-house to powder her nose.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • Even in the death-house the sanctity of the professional relation as between a convicted man and his legal adviser was preserved.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

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