Etymology
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hoosegow (n.)

"jail," 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from Latin iudicare "to judge," which is related to iudicem (see judge (n.)).

updated on June 10, 2017

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Definitions of hoosegow from WordNet

hoosegow (n.)
slang for a jail;
Synonyms: hoosgow
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