death row

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death row (countable and uncountable, plural death rows)

  1. The section of a prison which houses those inmates who are sentenced to death.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Reggie Clemons has one last chance to save his life. After 19 years on death row in Missouri for the murder of two young women, he has been granted a final opportunity to persuade a judge that he should be spared execution by lethal injection.

Usage notes[edit]

When someone is described as being on death row, the implication is that the person has been sentenced to death and is awaiting execution.