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English definition of “put sb away”

put sb away

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  
informal to move someone into a place where people live and are cared for together, such as a mental hospital or old people's home: In the past, people who suffered from schizophrenia were often put away. slang to send someone to prison: After what he did, he deserves to be put away for life.
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