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see prisonprison,
place of confinement for the punishment and rehabilitation of criminals. By the end of the 18th cent. imprisonment was the chief mode of punishment for all but capital crimes.
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What does it mean when you dream about jail?

Dreaming about being in jail usually reflects a sense of restriction one feels in one’s outer life, the limiting of one’s creativity. It could also indicate a sense of guilt or self-criticism. Alternatively, the dreamer may need to “put a lock on” certain actions and behavior. Dreaming about being the jailor is similar, though it shifts the focus to our own agency—we are the ones restricting ourselves.


1. A prison.
2. A building or place for the legal detention of persons.


, gaol
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted


Dreaming about jail may make you think that you have done something immoral or illegal, or committed an act that merits punishment. You may also have a fear of being trapped emotionally or physically. If you are the jailer, you may have an unconscious desire to exert control over others or in a particular situation. Either way, this dream suggests that you have obstacles in your life that may not be easy to overcome.
References in periodicals archive ?
Gaoler, Auckland to Hume, 28 May 1895, J40 PD Box 62, 95/361 Gaoler, Auckland.
Punishment register, 1906, J40 PD Box 115, 1906/1252 Gaoler, Wellington.
Gaoler Beasley to Inspector of Prisons, 21 October 1904, J40 PD Box 102, 1904/1094, Transfer of Prisoner Lily Brown to the Wellington Lunatic Asylum.
Gaoler, Auckland to Hume, 16 November 1887 and 19 December 1887, J40 PD Box 31, 87/1252 Gaoler, Auckland.
Gaoler, Auckland to Hume, 8 June 1888, J40 PD Box 35, 88/464 Gaoler, Auckland.
4 June 1916, JC-WG 31/21, Gaoler's journal 1914-1917.
New Zealand Police Gazette, 1890; J40 PD Box 49, 90/904 Gaoler, Lyttelton.
Gaoler, Wanganui to Hume, 8 January 1901, J40 PD Box 81, 1901/17 Gaoler, Wanganui.
J40 PD Box 7, 82/640; J40 PD Box 10, 83/166 Gaoler, Dunedin.