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gate fever

gate fever
 n.Gloss: in the U.K., a prisoner’s growing preoccupation with leaving jail as a scheduled release date approaches. «I received over 700 letters of support while in Pentonville which massively boosted my morale each day. The worst week was the last before release when I suffered from something called “gate fever.” Every minute seems like an hour and every hour a day. Your mind is already free but not your body.» —“Freedom of Speech Anniversary Celebration” by Martin Wingfield Martin Wingfield (Silloth, United Kingdom) Nov. 3, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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