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 for Prison bars
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prison \Pris"on\ (?; 277), n. [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a
     seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of,
     to seize. See Prehensile, and cf. Prize, n.,
     Misprision.]
     1. A place where persons are confined, or restrained of
        personal liberty; hence, a place or state o? confinement,
        restraint, or safe custody.
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              Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy
              name.                                 --Ps. cxlii.
                                                    7.
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              The tyrant Aeolus, . . .
              With power imperial, curbs the struggling winds,
              And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. Specifically, a building for the safe custody or
        confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful
        authority.
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     Prison bars, or Prison base. See Base, n., 24.
  
     Prison breach. (Law) See Note under 3d Escape, n., 4.
  
     Prison house, a prison. --Shak.
  
     Prison ship (Naut.), a ship fitted up for the confinement
        of prisoners.
  
     Prison van, a carriage in which prisoners are conveyed to
        and from prison.
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