up the river

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A reference to Sing Sing prison on the Hudson River.

AdverbEdit

up the river (not comparable)

  1. (US, idiomatic) To prison.
    • 1990, "Pete Rose: He doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame," Dallas Morning News 21 July (retrieved 23 Sep. 2010):
      The former baseball player that Cincinnati idolized is being sent up the river to Ashland, Ky., to serve a prison term for cheating on his taxes.

Usage notesEdit

  • Often preceded by the verb to send.

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 18:33