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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Definitions for hoosgow

  1. Slang. a jail.

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Citations for hoosgow
“You told Vera that Carl Webster dropped you off here. This policeman who wants to put me in the hoosgow.” Elmore Leonard, Up in Honey's Room, 2007
"...I got on his tail when they sprung him yesterday noon. He went from the hoosgow to a hotel on Kearny Street and got himself a room." Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse, 1929
Origin of hoosgow
1860-1865
Hoosgow is likely a mispronunciation of the Mexican Spanish juzgao meaning "tribunal, court." This ultimately comes from the Latin judicare meaning "to judge."