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Definition of Bridewell:

  1. A house of correction for the confinement of disorderly persons; - so called from a hospital built in 1553 near St. Bride's ( or Bridget's) well, in London, which was subsequently a penal workhouse.

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calaboose, can, penitentiary, guardroom, coop, hold, big house, jailhouse, joint, quod, tolbooth, jug, cooler, prison, lockup, hock, stir, clink, nick, pokey, slam, slammer, stockade, pen, bastille, hoosegow, brig.

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