[Scotland. Written also Tolbooth.] Prison, jail.

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  • Tollbooth — Toll booth , v. t. To imprison in a tollbooth. [R.] [1913 Webster] That they might tollbooth Oxford men. Bp. Corbet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tollbooth — Toll booth , n. [Toll a tax + booth.] [Written also tolbooth.] 1. A place where goods are weighed to ascertain the duties or toll. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He saw Levy . . . sitting at the tollbooth. Wyclif (Mark ii. 14). [1913 Webster] 2. In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tollbooth — (n.) early 14c., originally a tax collector s booth, from TOLL (Cf. toll) (n.) + BOOTH (Cf. booth) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tollbooth — ► NOUN 1) a roadside kiosk where tolls are paid. 2) Scottish archaic a town hall or town jail …   English terms dictionary

  • tollbooth — [tōl′bo͞oth΄] n. 1. Now Chiefly Scot. a) a town hall b) a jail or prison ☆ 2. a booth at which tolls are collected, as at the entrance to a toll road …   English World dictionary

  • tollbooth — UK [ˈtəʊlˌbuːθ] / US [ˈtoʊlˌbuθ] noun [countable] Word forms tollbooth : singular tollbooth plural tollbooths a small building where drivers pay to use a particular bridge or road …   English dictionary

  • tollbooth — noun Etymology: Middle English tolbothe, tollbothe tollbooth, town hall, jail, from tol, toll toll + bothe booth Date: 14th century a booth (as on a highway or bridge) where tolls are paid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tollbooth — /tohl boohth , boohdh /, n., pl. tollbooths / boohdhz , boohths /. 1. a booth, as at a bridge or the entrance to a toll road, where a toll is collected. 2. Chiefly Scot. tolbooth. [1300 50; ME tolbothe. See TOLL1, BOOTH] * * * …   Universalium

  • tollbooth — noun Alternative spelling of toll booth …   Wiktionary

  • tollbooth — Synonyms and related words: Nissen hut, POW camp, Quonset hut, bastille, black hole, booth, borstal, borstal institution, bridewell, brig, cell, concentration camp, condemned cell, crib, death cell, death house, death row, detention camp, federal …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tollbooth — toll|booth [ˈtəulbu:θ US ˈtoul ] n a place where you pay to drive on a road, bridge etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English