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1    a person deprived of liberty and kept in prison or some other form of custody as a punishment for a crime, while awaiting trial, or for some other reason  
2    a person confined by any of various restraints  
we are all prisoners of time     
3    take no prisoners  
Informal   to be uncompromising and determined in one's actions  
4    take (someone) prisoner   to capture and hold (someone) as a prisoner, esp. as a prisoner of war  

political prisoner  
      n   someone imprisoned for holding, expressing, or acting in accord with particular political beliefs  
prisoner of war  
      n   a person, esp. a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of war,   (Abbrev.)    POW  
prisoner's base  
      n   a children's game involving two teams, members of which chase and capture each other to increase the number of children in their own base  
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1    con     (slang)   convict, jailbird, lag     (slang)  
2    captive, detainee, hostage, internee  

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police van in which prisoners are transported from the police stations to the jails
slang term
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