behind bars

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behind bars

  1. (idiomatic) In jail or prison.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 27
      There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.
    • 2001, Margot Roosevelt et al., "The War Against The War On Drugs," Time, 7 May:
      Some 460,000 Americans are behind bars for drug offenses.


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