The thief got locked up in the quod for his crimes.
Quod is British slang for jail.
An example of quod is where convicted criminals go if they’re caught in London.
Brit., Slang prison; jail
Origin of quodprobably variant, variety of quad, contr. from quadrangle (of a prison)
- 1563, John Foxe, Actes and Monuments, 1868, The Church Historians of England: Reformation Period, Volume 8, Part 1, page 422,
- “Why," quod her friend, “would ye not willingly have gone with your company, if God should so have suffered it?"
- 1908, James Gairdner, Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey, 2010, Cambridge University Press, page 416,
- “And therefore I have granted to their request," quod the King; [...] .
First attested circa 1700. Origin unknown.