- public relief administered to people residing in a poorhouse or similar institution.
Origin of out-relief
First recorded in 1890–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for out-relief
Failing that, out-relief has a tendency to perpetuate sweating.
I will write to the Guardians to ask if they will allow you out-relief, but I fear they will say you are too destitute!'
The Guardians wouldn't give me the little bit of out-relief I asked for—four shillings would have done us nicely.
But nearly all pension schemes, like most out-relief systems, fix the allowance at a starvation figure.
Observe, in connection with this three months' audit, that not a penny was surcharged in respect to the out-relief grants.
- English history money given to poor people not living in a workhouseAlso called: outdoor relief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012