hoosegow hoosegow, hoosgow hoosgow . [from Mexican Sp. jusgado jail, from Sp. juzgado court of justice.] a jail. [U. S. western slang] [WordNet 1.5]

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  • hoosegow — jail, 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mex.Sp. juzgao tribunal, court, from juzgar to judge, used as a noun, from L. judicare to judge, which is related to judicem (see JUDGE (Cf. judge) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hoosegow — ☆ hoosegow or hoosgow [ho͞os′gou΄ ] n. [< Sp juzgado, court of justice < pp. of juzgar, to judge < L judicare < judex, JUDGE] Slang a jail or guardhouse …   English World dictionary

  • hoosegow — [“husgau] n. a jail. □ Learning to read can shorten one’s time in the hoosegow. □ The judge threw the punk in the hoosegow for a few days …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hoosegow — noun /ˈhuːsɡaʊ/ A jail. Theres parts of Mexico theyd take you straight to the hoosegow for just whistlin that …   Wiktionary

  • hoosegow — n Jail or prison. You had better be careful that you don t end up in the hoosegow. 1910s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • hoosegow —    a prison    From the Spanish juzgado, a court, and from being judged in court and sent to jail:     In that case, stew in a French hoosegow for the rest of your natural. (Sharpe, 1982) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • hoosegow — noun Etymology: Spanish juzgado panel of judges, courtroom, from past participle of juzgar to judge, from Latin judicare more at judge Date: 1909 jail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hoosegow — /hoohs gow/, n. Slang. a jail. Also, hoosgow. [1860 65, Amer.; < MexSp jusgado jail (Sp: court of justice, orig. ptp. of juzgar to judge) < L judicatum, equiv. to judic (s. of judex) JUDGE + atum ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hoosegow — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Slang. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention: brig, house of correction, jail, keep, penitentiary, prison. Informal: lockup, pen3. Slang: big house, can, clink, cooler, coop, joint, jug, pokey1,… …   English dictionary for students

  • hoosegow — hoose·gow || huːsgaÊŠ n. jail, prison (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

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