jail-broke

jailbreak

[jeyl-breyk]
noun
1.
an escape from prison, especially by forcible means.
2.
Digital Technology.
a.
an instance of gaining access to the operating system of a smartphone, tablet, etc., especially one manufactured by Apple.
b.
a software program or piece of hardware used to accomplish this: You'll need a jailbreak to run unauthorized apps.
c.
an instance of circumventing restrictions on access to any computer system or digital content.
verb (used with object), jailbroke [jeyl-brohk] , jailbroken [jeyl-broh-kuhn] , jailbreaking.
3.
Digital Technology. to gain access to the operating system of (a smartphone, tablet, etc., especially an Apple device), usually in order to run modified or unauthorized software. Compare root1 ( def 22a ).
verb (used without object), jailbroke [jeyl-brohk] , jailbroken [jeyl-broh-kuhn] , jailbreaking.
4.
Digital Technology. to engage in this practice: Manufacturers are trying to prevent jailbreaking. Compare root1 ( def 24 ).

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; jail + break

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jailbreak or gaolbreak (ˈdʒeɪlˌbreɪk)
 
n
an escape from jail
 
gaolbreak or gaolbreak
 
n

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