a prison
   The Hindi chauki, originally meaning foursided, became a space surrounded by walls, whence a police station or customs house and then a prison:
    I've got to cart Voluptia off the chokey. She's been interfering down in the circumcision booths. (Bradbury, 1976)

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  • Chokey — Choky Chok y Chokey Chok ey, a. 1. Tending to choke or suffocate, or having power to suffocate. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclined to choke, as a person affected with strong emotion. A deep and choky voice. Aytoun. [1913 Webster] The allusion to his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chokey — noun British slang (dated) for a prison • Syn: ↑choky • Hypernyms: ↑prison, ↑prison house * * * I. ˈchōkē noun ( s) …   Useful english dictionary

  • chokey — noun prison …   Wiktionary

  • chokey — n British prison or a cell. A word which was still in use in the late 1980s, although sounding rather dated. The term comes from the Hindi chauki, meaning a shed or police compound, and was imported from India in the mid 19th century by members… …   Contemporary slang

  • chokey — n. (British) prison (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chokey — (also choky) noun (plural chokeys or chokies) Brit. informal, dated prison. Origin C17: Anglo Ind., from Hindi caukī customs or toll house, police station ; influenced by choke1 …   English new terms dictionary

  • chokey — Noun. Prison …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • chokey — cho·key …   English syllables

  • chokey — /ˈtʃoʊki/ (say chohkee) noun Colloquial a police lock up; prison. Also, choky. {Anglo Indian, from Hindi cauki shed} …   Australian English dictionary

  • chokey —  Prison …   A concise dictionary of English slang