One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an imprisoned dissident’
incarcerated, in prison, in jail, jailed, locked up, in custody, under lock and key, interned, confined, detained, held prisoner, captive, held captive, in chains, in irons, clapped in irons
British detained at Her Majesty's pleasure
informal sent down, behind bars, doing time, inside, away
British informal doing porridge, doing bird, banged up
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