Meaning of “put sb away” in the English Dictionary

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"put sb away" in British English

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put sb away

phrasal verb with put uk /pʊt/ us /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.

slang to send someone to prison:

After what he did, he deserves to be put away for life.

(Definition of “put sb away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)