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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.

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1. A prison.
2. A building or place for the legal detention of persons.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


, gaol
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Described as an 'upscale New York inspired steak and seafood restaurant and bar', Jailbird opened in May 2018 replacing lobster and beer place Nosh and Quaff.
Jailbird is certainly pitching to the luxury end of the market with its menu serving up king lobster (PS49), Boston rib steak (PS55) and classic surf and turf (PS35).
The main Jailbird restaurant area will be upstairs making full use of the space - where diners can enjoy stunning views overlooking Victoria Square.
A WEBSITE boss is to introduce security measures to stop jailbirds sending messages to people from prison.
Jailbird 45 made a single-engine-running landing at Al Taqaddum.
That's why the jailbird image seems so natural a connection to that brandished tin cup: PBS really seems to have become a prisoner of its own cultural pretensions.
Science dug into her theory that volcanoes blow much bigger holes in the ozone layer than do human chemicals, an idea which delights Limbaugh, and found that much of her information comes from a source funded by supporters of Lyndon LaRouche, a jailbird who keeps running for President with plans to colonize Mars.
It is understood that staff at Jailbird, opposite the Council House, in Colmore Row, were informed of the unexpected closure by bosses when they returned to work after Christmas.
| Jailbird's Bar Lounge is open Monday - Saturday from 11am to 11pm and 11am to 10pm on Sunday.
When the furious jailbird freaks out, Cain again leaps to Holly's defence.
Kat Moon was distraught when crazed Ronnie grabbed her newborn Tommy from his cot and replaced him with her stillborn child But as our exclusive pictures show, when the shrill-voiced jailbird gets "aaght" from a two-year stretch Kat, played by Jessie Wallace, 41, is there to greet her with sympathy.