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Jail. n.s. [geol, French.] A gaol; a prison; a place where criminals are confined. See Gaol. It is written either way; but commonly by latter writers jail.

Away with the dotard, to the jail with him. Shakesp.

A dependant upon him paid six pound ready money, which, poor man, he lived to repent in a jail. Clarendon.

He sigh'd and turn'd his eyes, because he knew
'Twas but a larger jail he had in view.

One jail did all their criminals restrain,
Which now the walls of Rome can scarce contain.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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