HyperDic: prison_house

English > 2 senses of the expression prison house:
NOUNstateprison house, prisona prisonlike situation
artifactprison house, prisona correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
English > prison house: 2 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningA prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement.
Synonymprison
Broadersituation, state of affairsThe general state of things
Spanishprisión
Catalanpresó
English > prison house: 2 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment.
Synonymprison
InstancesNewgateA former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780
Partscellblock, wardA division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
NarrowerbastilleA jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
chokey, chokyBritish slang (dated) for a prison
nick(British slang) a prison
panopticonA circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station
state prisonA prison maintained by a state of the U.S.
Broadercorrectional institutionA penal institution maintained by the government
Spanishcárcel, penitenciaría, prisión
Catalanpresó

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