hoosegows

hoosegow

[hoos-gou]
noun Slang.
a jail.
Also, hoosgow.


Origin:
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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hoosegow or hoosgow (ˈhuːsɡaʊ)
 
n
(US) a slang word for jail
 
[C20: from Mexican Spanish jusgado prison, from Spanish: court of justice, from juzgar to judge, from Latin judicāre, from judex a judge; compare jug]
 
hoosgow or hoosgow
 
n
 
[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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hoosegow
"jail," 1911, western U.S., from mispronunciation of Mex.Sp. juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from L. judicare "to judge," which is related to judicem (see judge).
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