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jailbird or gaolbird (ˈdʒeɪlˌbɜːd Pronunciation for )



  1. a person who is or has been confined to jail, esp repeatedly; convict


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= prisoner, convict, con, lag, trusty, felon, malefactor, ticket-of-leave man

Example Sentences Including 'jailbird'

And Margaret Roding, rough cleaner and mother of at least one jailbird ?
Meek, M R D In Remembrance of Rose
Not a jailbird among'em -- as far as we know," jibed one member.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Russians warm to richest jailbird Mark Mackinnon MOSCOW RUSSIA - His fortune has been estimated to be somewhere in excess of $12-billion.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The old man predicted that with such an imagination, the boy would become either a jailbird or famous.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
The same ambiguity is explicit in another Elvis song, Jailhouse Rock, ('that's the cutest jailbird you ever did see').
cumber: As it happens, Ms Hazlitt, my daughter is not a jailbird.
Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A Collection of Short Stories


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