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take prisoner

This page is about the collocation take prisoner

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to capture and imprison somebody, esp. in a war or battle

For example

  • After the battle was over, we took hundreds of enemy soldiers prisoner.

  • The village boys were taken prisoner because someone thought they were terrorists.

Quick Quiz

If you've been taken prisoner, you've been

a. taken to see a prisoner

b. given a prison sentence

c. captured and held by force

Contributor: Matt Errey