throw away the key
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An ellipsis of "lock (someone) up and throw away the key" (to incarcerate indefinitely)
- To never release someone (e.g., from prison).
- They should just lock them up and throw away the key.
1995 11/19, “Senators Pete Domenici and John Breaux Discuss the Shutdown of the Federal Government”, CBS_FaceNation:
- Let's get these men together in a room and I would suggest feed them bread and water and throw away the key until they come together