three hots and a cot
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Rhyming expression from the idea of three hot meals daily and a bed to sleep on.
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- (slang) Prison.
- 1996 January 29, Unknown, “JUST FOLKS
Homeless man who went on-line jailed on charge of stealing batteries”, in Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
- “I've never been to jail before,” [Neal] said. “But there is a bright side: three hots and a cot at taxpayer expense.”
- (slang) Basic food and shelter.
- 1987 February 28, Jay Mathews, “Homeless Shelter Officials Differ on Problem’s Scope, Nature”, in The Washington Post, archived from the original on 2023-02-22:
- It is, said the Rev. Eugene Boutilier, emergency services issues manager for the United Way, an important part of the mix of services that better-endowed cities are trying to provide to street people. "We need more than just three hots and a cot," he said.