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- noun A jail.
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- noun A prison; especially, a common jail or lockup.
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- noun Local, U. S. A prison; a jail.
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- noun US, dialect A
prisonor gaol/ jail.
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The calaboose is a miserable dark room of two apartments, one with a small loop-hole in the wall, the other a dungeon without light or ventilation.
On this deck, too, was the prisoners 'cell, usually called the "calaboose," very rarely without an occupant, with an armed sentry on guard outside.
And Signet, guttersnipe, beach comber, and midnight assassin, was lodged in the "calaboose," built stoutly in a corner of the biggest and reddest of the Dutchman's godowns.
The horizontal ray struck through the grating of the "calaboose" at the corner of the godown I was skirting.
"He stayed down to the 'calaboose' to guard the prisoners," said
They entered the "calaboose," which now had all the looks and odours of
When the railroad tapped the village, and it was incorporated (1884) and assumed an official worldliness with its mayor and councilmen, it lost its isolation, summer visitors flocked in, and a "calaboose" was needed for the benefit of the sojourners!
He was the only inmate of the "calaboose"; therefore, he was in no doubt as to the identity of the person to whom so many different terms of opprobrium were being applied by certain loud-voiced citizens in the crowd.
On Monday morning he had ventured forth from his office in the long-deserted "calaboose," resplendent in a brand-new nickel-plated star.
The "calaboose" was situated at the far end of Main