Definition of put someone away in English:

put someone away

phrasal verb

  • Confine someone in a prison or psychiatric hospital.

    ‘he deserves to be put away forever’
    • ‘How many more convictions does he have to get before the State takes this seriously and puts him away for life?’
    • ‘Apparently, if you're at risk of harming yourself or someone else, you can be put away.’
    • ‘I still have all the evidence to put you away for a long time.’
    • ‘Her husband was trying to put her away in order to get her money.’
    • ‘I can't really tell you how to do your job Ms. Strong, but I just don't see how putting Jeremy away is going to help him.’
    • ‘For example, in Alabama simple possession of steroids can put you away for up to 10 years, while in Alaska steroids aren't even classified as a controlled substance.’
    • ‘How is it serving the public interest that she is put away for life?’
    • ‘Giving evidence, the victim told the jury he had threatened to kill her or told her she would be put away.’
    • ‘He was charged with three counts of robbery with violence, and three counts of attempted murder - enough to put him away forever.’
    • ‘He added: ‘They can accuse anyone of anything and put you away for the rest of your life.’’
    put in prison, put behind bars, imprison, jail, lock away, lock up, shut away, shut up, incarcerate, confine
    commit, certify, section, hospitalize, institutionalize
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