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Jail fever

a former name for typhus, once a common disease in jails


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    [jeyl-hous] /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊs/ noun, plural jailhouses [jeyl-hou-ziz] /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. a or building used as a . /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊs/ noun 1. (Southern US) a jail; prison

  • Jailhouse-lawyer

    noun 1. a prisoner who has taught himself or herself law while serving time, is knowledgeable about technical legal matters, and gives legal advice, especially to fellow prisoners. noun phrase A prisoner who, authoritative or not, is disposed to lengthy discussion of his legal rights and those of other inmates; guardhouse lawyer: an avid reader […]

  • Jailing

    [jeyl] /dʒeɪl/ noun 1. a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses. verb (used with object) 2. to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison. /dʒeɪl/ noun 1. a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to […]

  • Jailor

    [jey-ler] /ˈdʒeɪ lər/ noun 1. a person who is in charge of a or section of a . 2. a person who forcibly confines another. /ˈdʒeɪlə/ noun 1. a person in charge of prisoners in a jail n. also gaoler, late 14c., from Old North French gayolierre, Old French jaioleur, agent noun from jaole (see […]

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