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hoosegow

[hoos-gou] /ˈhus gaʊ/
noun, Slang.
1.
a jail.
Also, hoosgow.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish jusgado jail (Spanish: court of justice, orig. past participle of juzgar to judge) < Latin jūdicātum, equivalent to jūdic- (stem of jūdex) judge + -ātum -ate1
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  • They both wound up in the back of the squad car, heading for the hoosegow.
British Dictionary definitions for hoosegow

hoosegow

/ˈhuːsɡaʊ/
noun
1.
(US) a slang word for jail
Word Origin
C20: from Mexican Spanish jusgado prison, from Spanish: court of justice, from juzgar to judge, from Latin judicāre, from judex a judge; compare jug
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Word Origin and History for hoosegow
n.

"jail," 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from Latin judicare "to judge," which is related to judicem (see judge (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoosegow

hoosegow

noun

A jail

[1911+; fr Mexican Spanish juzgao, ''tribunal, court'']


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