over the wall


over the wall
   1. escaping from prison
   Of obvious imagery. The phrase is used whatever the means of egress.
   2. British in prison
   Naval jargon, from the meaning of wall, the side of a ship, over which the prisoner passed on his way to jail ashore:
    The Court Martial sentenced him to six months over the wall and he got dismissed from Service as well. (Jolly, 1988)

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