the cooler

cooler

[koo-ler]
noun
1.
a container or apparatus, as an insulated chest, in which something may be cooled or kept cool.
2.
anything that cools or makes cool; refrigerant.
3.
an air conditioner.
4.
a tall drink, consisting of liquor, soda, and a fruit garnish.
6.
the cooler, Slang. jail: He was in the cooler for three months for petty theft.
7.
Ice Hockey Slang. penalty box.

Origin:
1565–75; cool + -er1

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cooler (ˈkuːlə)
 
n
1.  a container, vessel, or apparatus for cooling, such as a heat exchanger
2.  a slang word for prison
3.  a drink consisting of wine, fruit juice, and carbonated water

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cooler
1610s, "a vessel in which something is set to cool," agent noun from cool (v.). Meaning "insulated box to keep things cool" is from 1958. Slang meaning "jail" is attested from 1884.
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cooler definition


  1. n.
    jail. (Usually with the.) : Do you want to talk, or do you want to spend a little time in the cooler?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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