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English definition of “put sb away”

put sb away

phrasal verb with put     /pʊt/ verb (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
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.Accommodating people slang to send someone to prison: After what he did, he deserves to be put away for life.Putting people in prison
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