workhouse

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workhouse (plural workhouses)

  1. (UK) Formerly, an institution for the poor homeless, funded by the local parish where the able-bodied were required to workWp
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, Ch.II:
      "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. []"
  2. (US) A prison in which the sentence includes manual labour.

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