Definition of put someone away in US English:

put someone away

phrasal verb

often be put away
  • Confine someone in a prison or psychiatric hospital.

    ‘he deserves to be put away forever’
    • ‘He was charged with three counts of robbery with violence, and three counts of attempted murder - enough to put him away forever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still have all the evidence to put you away for a long time.’
    • ‘Giving evidence, the victim told the jury he had threatened to kill her or told her she would be put away.’
    • ‘Apparently, if you're at risk of harming yourself or someone else, you can be put away.’
    • ‘He added: ‘They can accuse anyone of anything and put you away for the rest of your life.’’
    • ‘How is it serving the public interest that she is put away for life?’
    • ‘How many more convictions does he have to get before the State takes this seriously and puts him away for life?’
    • ‘Her husband was trying to put her away in order to get her money.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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