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put sb away

phrasal verb with put uk   us   /pʊt/ verb (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
informal to ​move someone into a ​place where ​peoplelive and are ​cared for together, such as a ​mentalhospital 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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