Definition of watch-house in English:



NZ, Australian
  • A building, typically attached to a police station, in which people suspected of a crime are held under temporary arrest.

    ‘I rang the police straightaway and they came out and they took him away to the watch-house’
    • ‘He was subdued with capsicum spray before being restrained by police, arrested and taken to the watch-house.’
    • ‘The police fled, and in quick time the watch house was wrecked.’
    • ‘The prisoner was transported back to the Bundaberg Police Station watch-house after the incident.’
    • ‘He was arrested and placed in the city watch-house before Monday's court appearance.’
    • ‘The man was charged with serious assault and taken into custody at the police watch-house.’
    • ‘He was held at the Brisbane watch-house without charge.’
    • ‘The prisoner had suffered a ruptured liver and a ruptured portal vein in a watchhouse scuffle.’
    • ‘Another makeshift court session will take place in the police watchhouse.’
    • ‘The watch-house is under the care of the warden.’
    • ‘His friends started the investigation into his death in the watchhouse.’